She's huge - she is Garfield's long lost twin. She has been on a 'light' formula food (Hill's) for a year and I think she is just hungrier. I have rationed her food and no one is allowed to feed her but me (part of the problem is 2 small people feeding her when she asks for it Today, Day 1, she has been tripping me up and ambushing me as I am going about my business in the house .... Any tips on how to get her down to a reasonable weight of 4.5 or 5kgs? Ta
PS. The vet suggested she becomes an indoor cat but won't that make it worse as she won't have any exercise?? ... We keep her indoors at night but I can't police her during the day with the children running in and out all day long (leaving the doors open etc)
she may be as big as she is because she goes to other houses to eat. It is possible, but you must make it clear to your children that if they keep leaving the doors open she may get very poorly, whicj is why she must stay in. How old are they,btw?
Make sure your neighbours aren't being 'kind' and feeding your cat. You may need to put a label on her collar, saying she is on a special diet and that she must not eat anything else otherwise it will be dangerous for her health.
I have a very sociable cat who I know has colonised half of our street.
Get a food ball and get her playing with that but make sure the biscuits you put in are part of her daily allowance not in addition.
Get a laser torch have her running around after that - careful not to shine it in her eyes though so maybe not let your DC's use that with her. I also get my no. 2 cat to run up and down stairs after it but he is a very fit slim cat and it really wears him out so maybe don't try that if you think it may be too much for her at first.
thanks for those links ClairePO ... we live in Australia so I don't know if I can get that particular stuff here but I will hunt around ... Today, I waited until about 8am to feed DC (Dear Cat) ... I have measured out her day's rations and only put a bit of it in for breakfast. She sat there, looked at the bowl, looked at me, looked back at her bowl in disgust and then pounced on my feet as I walked away in a kind of "Yeah, you WERE joking right? Call that breakfast?" way I haven't seen her since and it is 11.15. We've been out and she normally comes running when she hears the car... She is probably sitting down to steak and chips up the road as I type ... <sigh>
my mums cat was overweight nad he has lost about half his bodyweight in about a year. He gets weighed at the vets once a month and they get the food from their as well so I think it is a Hills food or something....he gets 70 grammes a day, and they have had to be very strict with him. They measure it out in the morning and thats it for the day, if he whinges for a treat, they give him one out out of the days measure