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EnglishRose1320 Thu 05-Nov-15 21:19:58

My 5month old kitten went to the vets today to be castrated. Op took much longer than expected partly due to one testicle being in the wrong place and partly due to him being a bit of a fatty. Personally I don't think he is overly fat and we don't feed him loads, one wet pouch and one small bowl of biscuits. We are going to cut down to half a wet pouch a day and slightly less biscuits but the trouble is he fusses for more food with what we are giving him currently so how do we keep him happy on less food.

timtam23 Thu 05-Nov-15 21:40:32

I thought kittens needed loads of food because they are growing so fast and also on the go all the time, burning off so much energy? Half a pouch + some biscuits doesn't sound like much, 5 months is still a baby really. Has the vet said he needs to reduce his food intake?

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 05-Nov-15 23:04:58

I wouldnt diet a growing animal. At that age mine had 4 pouches a day and whatever he caught hunting.

Bogburglar99 Thu 05-Nov-15 23:12:25

I agree it doesn't sound like a lot. Did vet say he was fat? My 7 month old kitten is a BIG bugger but has two pouches per day plus some biscuits. He's clearing the lot and not overweight at all.

The vet did tell us his metabolism would slow down now he's neutered and hence we would need to watch his weight, so as his growth slows we will look to cut back. Are you sure the vet wasn't saying something like that?

cozietoesie Thu 05-Nov-15 23:26:40

It may be alleged to be impossible but I had a fat kitten once - and it was entirely my own fault. blush Feed him well because he's a growing lad but keep a weather eye on his weight nd size, particularly as he's now been neutered. Lots of activity and games may well be preferable to cutting down on his food; the amounts don't sound excessive.

BubsandMoo Thu 05-Nov-15 23:34:39

You could slow down how quickly he gets through his food - and keep him entertained and encourage activity- using puzzle feeders. There's heaps of different types - balls they need to knock for food to fall out, puzzles they need to use their paws to knock food out of etc. Trixie do a lot of different ones for example, or you can get creative and make your own.

EnglishRose1320 Fri 06-Nov-15 00:09:59

Thanks for all the advice. Yes vet said to cut back on food and that he is already fat, took two extra layers of stitches due to fat! Will have a look at puzzle feeders, he is a fairly active cat, out exploring for large parts of the day and then playing with my ds's for hours in the evening. Do different breeds of cats have more or less tendency to be big?

Wolfiefan Fri 06-Nov-15 00:23:39

Weigh the biscuits? I doubt it's a single pouch that's putting weight on.
Is it a decent brand?
Are you sure others in the family aren't also feeding?
Is he getting food elsewhere?
As an aside, why was he out before neutering?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Nov-15 08:16:47

I really, really wouldnt diet a growing animal. Not at 5 months.

Babies have fat reserves we dont need. If he got ill and didnt eat you'd be glad of those fat reserves.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Nov-15 08:19:26

Our vets are completely flummoxed by our cat because he's 6kg but slim and has a waist.

There's always lots of checking the chart, looking at puss, looking at me and then the "well he's heavy but seems ok, so, umm, carry on".

GoneAndDone Fri 06-Nov-15 08:22:58

If he's out roaming, he is probably eating somewhere else as that amount of food doesn't sound like a lot.

Bogburglar99 Fri 06-Nov-15 10:07:37

Is he a particular breed?

Mine has Wainwrights- I think grain free pouches are meant to keep them fuller for longer?

80sWaistcoat Fri 06-Nov-15 10:11:50

Our vets are constantly surprised by how large our cat is - but he's just a big lad, not fat.

Bogburglar99 Fri 06-Nov-15 10:19:43

Oh ours is ginormous which is his breed. If the vet had to stitch through extra fat layers it does sound like he was going by that not by weight though.

Hope you solve the mystery OP!

EnglishRose1320 Fri 06-Nov-15 17:06:08

Thanks again for the feedback, tried reducing food yesterday and today but he isn't happy, going to go back to James Wellbeloved food I think, seems more filling. He is half Bengal. He doesn't get fed by anyone else in the family, it is youngest ds"s job in the morning abs eldest in the evening, youngest is supervised so I know how much he gets and eldest is very good. He may have snuck the odd extra meal but because he is just at the getting use to going out stage he mainly just stays in our garden atm.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Nov-15 18:20:41

Ours is a Bengal, they are eating machines. It does tail off.

potap123 Fri 06-Nov-15 22:23:09

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EnglishRose1320 Sat 07-Nov-15 20:56:20

Where is the best place to look for either raw or grain free food? Thanks

hollinhurst84 Wed 11-Nov-15 20:23:23

Raw to go is online
Applaws, natures instinct

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