I feel your pain, I have had several rescue cats that get fat. If she's female it's actually quite common post sterilisation because they get lazier! Right, you need to feed both cats at the same time in different rooms. Do not allow the fat cat to exit till the other cat has eaten their food. Do not worry about them hunting and getting extra food, the energy taken to catch a mouse will equal the calorie value! Get a collar with DO NOT FEED written on it (Pets at home or online) and put it on fat cat.
Thanks whomoved. Thing is she is only small under the blubber - same build and roughly same age as our other mog who weighs just under 3 kg.
I could feed one in the conservatory and the other in the kitchen I guess. The vet suggested I talk to the neighbours but as they are dozens of potential feeders her that might be a problem a tag would be good.
You also try making your plump cat work for her food. This involves collection toilet rolls and making a pyramid. Then rather than putting the kibble in a bowl which uses virtually no energy to eat. You place pieces in the centre of the loo rolls so she has to use her hunting skills to get the bits out. Or you could use a buster ball that you fill with the kibble and she has to chase it round and pounce on it to release food.
It is tricky - the less we fed our Fat cat the more she seemed to sleep. Then we got our Very Bad Kitten. Fat cat no longer got any peace and dropped so much weight the vet did blood tests to check there was nothing wrong.
Feed them in different rooms. Or feed them at different times and clingfilm over the food if the other cat is nicking it when sick cat is not around. I have one of those food things where the cat has to stand on the side of the dish to open a flap for food, which seems to fox most cats. If your sick cat is smarter than your kitten it might work for you.
Going ok. I know a lot of people will be horrified but we are feeding Lola on the kitchen worktop (on newspaper). Fatcat can't get up there. She doesn't much care for her diet food but she eats it eventually when she realises it's all she's getting!
lol at the cat being smarter than the kitten - Willow is a lovely lovely cat, but um, no, not the sharpest crayon in the box
She's actually currently eating again, so that's fixed it just now, but she probably won't be again in a few days.
Clingfilm would keep Flump out of her food, but that works the same as the fridge, I'd have to keep giving it back to her. I can do different rooms, but it means shutting one of them in or out of somewhere, which seems cruel, I was hoping maybe there was a dead easy solution that I'd missed, lol
It's not that she's not around it's that she just wasn't eating it, so then Flump was getting it and then Willow would come back looking like maybe she did want some now, so desperate to feed her up I was trying again - with the same result, rofl.
Flump was ecstatic at this though to be fair, every-time she appeared in the kitchen there was nice food there for her, I swear she put on weight by the hour, lol.
I quite like your worktop solution ormirian - in theory my cats aren't allowed up there, but what actually happens is that they don't go up there if they think I'm watching, if I'm looking away or in another room they seen to think they're fair game so I've just resigned myself to assuming that there has been a cat up there and to clean accordingly before I use them.
I need somewhere Willow can get that Flump can't, but as I've yet to find anywhere that she doesn't get into...the only way the toilet roll is safe is to keep it on a shelf with the bathroom door shut and she's still managing to make confetti, rofl (of course it doesn't help that my children don't seem to understand the concept of shutting doors)
I'd just accept you have a lardarse cat if I were you Orm. Some cats as they get older just do spread out and become large. So what. They are going to die anyway sooner or later, if they are happy and not suffering from diabetes it hardly matters. Sometimes I think if you didn't take your cat to the vet the cat would have just as good an experience of life and you wouldn't have to buy special food (incidentally if you DO stick with the diet, google the food and get it cheaper from online vets).