Overweight cat-Obsessed with food.

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Anonymous:
Hi All:I have a problem with one of my cats and its weight and I'll try to make this as brief as possible. I have 2 cats, 5 and 3 years old, male and female. My male cat is obese and I'm having a hard time getting this under control. They are both fed 1 354 gram tin of Wellness catfood per day. An additional handful of Wellness dry food is left in the dish overnight each. In an ideal world I'd be able to put a 2 bowls of food down at specific times for a specific period and let them eat as much as they could during that time frame.

Unfortunately, the smaller cat is not a big eater at all and is more of a picker during the day, it's not very food focused. The fat cat is there the minute the food is put down, in fact he'll wake me up at 4 or 5 in morning wanting food. I've put the fat cat in the utility room for it's feeding in hopes the smaller cat would eat it's own food right away but she's more interested in what the fat cats upto behind the door. I've tried switching thei r diets to predominantly Wellness Weight Control dryfood but my small cat can't handle dry food and will throw it up on a regular basis.

I just spent $300 dollars on vet bills because of this and the vet suggested just feed the small one predominantly wet food. But as I mentioned before, it's impossible to feed them different foods. It's almost like my heavy cat is obsessed with food. I'm constantly having put the other cats food up as he's trying to eat that too. I'm very aware of the health implications of having an obese cat and am at a total loss of what to do. They are indoor cats only, I'm single and live in a house so there's no obvious stressors that I can think of that would be causing my cat to gorge itself.

If anyone has any ideas or advice I would sincerely appreciate hearing from them.
Thanks,
Dave.
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Kelly Greene:
[nq:1]Hi All: I have a problem with one of my cats and its weight and I'll try to make this ... cat to gorge itself. If anyone has any ideas or advice I would sincerely appreciate hearing from them. Thanks, Dave.[/nq]
First I would stop the dry food which is mainly grains; unhealthy fattening carbohydrates which cats don't need as obligate carnivores. Even humans can live nicely and be healthier with the very small amount of carbs obtained from greens, fruits and vegetables alone. We and our cats would suffer from a lot less obesity and diabetes and the diseases both bring.

This may work for you - I had a similar problem some years ago with an aggressive eater and a smaller younger cat who simply ate slower. It was cured by feeding them one meal a day in different places. The smaller cat in the kitchen, and the more aggressive one in the living room. Since it was "wet" food they consumed it at one time. Your smaller eater will not starve to death. It will quickly learn to eat enough when food is available.
There were no leftovers and of course no dry food, so no snacking all day long. All day snacking can lead to obesity as you know. If my more aggressive cat (who wasn't fat) went after the smaller cat's food, he was put in the bedroom and the door shut until the smaller cat finished. He eventually learned he could sit at the doorway and watch the smaller cat finish his food, or try and steal it and go into the bedroom for awhile.

Cats are quick learners. Eventually he ignored the smaller cat and ate his own food. By the time he had his paws and face washed, the smaller cat was finished. :-) Some people believe cats need to be fed more than once a day. I haven't found that to be necessary to keep them slim and fit.

They did get all the meaty leftovers so many days they did have a second if smaller meal. Sometimes leftovers were mixed in with their regular food.

My cat Lucky.

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Anonymous:
[nq:2]Hi All: I have a problem with one of my ... advice I would sincerely appreciate hearing from them. Thanks, Dave.[/nq]
[nq:1]First I would stop the dry food which is mainly grains; unhealthy fattening carbohydrates which cats don't need as obligate ... did have a second if smaller meal. Sometimes leftovers were mixed in with their regular food. My cat Lucky. [/nq]
Hi Kelly:
Thank you and sorry for the late reply. I've removed the dry food gradually and completely over the week. I'll give the one feeding a day a try and see how it goes. Thanks again.
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Kelly Greene:
[nq:2]They did get all the meaty leftovers so many days ... mixed in with their regular food. My cat Lucky. [/nq]
[nq:1]Hi Kelly: Thank you and sorry for the late reply. I've removed the dry food gradually and completely over the week. I'll give the one feeding a day a try and see how it goes. Thanks again.[/nq]
Please let me know how it goes. :-)

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