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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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I think my cat is too skinny...

After putting both kitties on raw, Pico's food intake dropped a lot. I don't measure out my food (I don't believe in weighing to the ounces, much like I don't believe in counting calories). Harley seems to be fine, his weight and food intake is good, but he always eats whatever is in front of him.

With Pico, she rations her food, always leaving a little bit left in the bowl.

Both cats are fed twice a day (in separate rooms). Both times are fed a large "mouse-sized" portion.

My question is, what raw meat should I try to feed Pico to get her to "fatten" up a little more? Or what can I do to encourage her to increase her food intake if she always only eats the same amount? Should I maybe give her a meal of wet food once in a while instead? Tips?

PS. I also have no scale in my home, so I don't know how much she weighs now. But visitors have commented on how much weight she has lost, and for me (someone who is with her daily) definately notices she's gotten smaller.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 03:07 AM
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Re: I think my cat is too skinny...

I would say that Pico is underweight, yes. I don't feed raw to my cats, so I'm not much help there. But when I fed raw to my dog, if she got too skinny I would add some tripe to her meals, or add in a few meals a week of a more fatty meat like Lamb. Cats nutritional needs are different though, so I'll wait and see if some other raw feeder can help you.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 10:20 AM
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Re: I think my cat is too skinny...

Without seeing the cat in person it's hard to say. Harley does not look overweight though. That doesn't mean Pico is underweight, different cats have different body types. When I switched Neko from dry/wet to all wet food he looked like he lost quite a bit of weight, many people mentioned he looked so much skinnier, they couldn't tell him from Willie anymore. In truth he only lost about 3 pounds but it made a huge difference. But he is by no means underweight, he's ideal.

Cats you see Pico's spine poking up from his back? Do his hip bones poke out? Can you see his ribs? When you run a flat hand along his side can you feel his ribs like a washboard like it's just skin stretched over bone, or is there a small amount of padding? Has he lost muscle mass?

If that doesn't sound like him chances are he's fine.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-28-2010, 03:19 PM
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Re: I think my cat is too skinny...

Best thing to add fat is, well, FAT. Makes everyone fat, LOL. Be sure to leave the skin on chicken/quail, etc., and offer her the fattier bits of red meat, etc.

If she really is underweight, I would have her bloodwork checked. There could be an underlying reason for it. If that's all A-ok, try feeding her 3 meals a day instead of 2. And add a little extra fat.
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