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Is my cat too thin? How can I make her gain weight?

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bxccasmithh Sun 19-Feb-17 22:56:54

My cat is 3 1/2 years old, Female, and half Maine coon. She is flead and wormed regularly and I am always trying her on different foods to try and bulk her up. I can feel her backbone thoroughly and her pelvis bones don't feel as though they have any fat covering them.

I'm really worried as she eats well, her blood tests came back normal and the vets "special" food is coming in at £40 for 10 days which I cannot afford, as much as I'd love to. Can ANYONE recommend anything? She is a very happy cat I'm just worried she is too thin. I love her to pieces and want the best for her. She is quite a large cat and weighs in at 3.2kg. She is vaccinated and her oral hygiene is good. Her sister (same litter) is a slim cat as well however her body is covered better and I cannot feel her backbone or pelvis that well (she is 3.7kg and very healthy according to the vet)

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 20-Feb-17 07:01:55

They've not quite matured yet if my understanding of Maine coons is right? Don't they take 4 years to finish growing?.

If their still in the "all legs" phase they could still bulk out suddenly.

fledglingFTB Mon 20-Feb-17 07:17:59

Try DIY raw food, much cheaper. I have a MC and I've just made 26 days worth of food for £16. So affordable, and good for them.

When I went to a breeder the younger cats were long and lithe whilst the older cats were ginormous, the breeder spoke about them "filling out nicely" as they age

fledglingFTB Mon 20-Feb-17 07:19:04

... also a picture might help grin

DumbledoresApprentice Mon 20-Feb-17 07:23:15

I have a Maine Coon from a rescue (so could well be a cross of some kind) and she sounds similar to yours. She's 3 years old and weighs a little more than yours (about 3.5kg) but under all her fluff I can definitely feel her spine etc. The vet said she was perfect in terms of weight and told me to keep weighing out her food.

MyGodLikeChin Mon 20-Feb-17 07:24:30

I have a Maine coon cross male. He is over 5kg and you can feel his spine and pelvis. He eats very very well (greedy), they do continue to grow well into 4 years old.
Mine doesn't look skinny though, very furry. Vet says he's fine.
My Bengal cross girl weighs over 4kg and is fine according to vet but they are also a larger breed.
Yours sounds healthy and she will gain weight.
We don't use any special food here-they don't like anything other than felix wet and whiskers dry. They would rather not eat if I try anything else.

Okite Mon 20-Feb-17 07:25:52

My tiny cat weighs 3kg, and she's about half the size of a Maine coon so I can understand why you think your cat is too thin. You said she eats well - how much food does she have? Have you asked your vet?
Even 3.7kg seems very slight for a Maine coon, my friend has some and they are more like 5-6 kg.

DumbledoresApprentice Mon 20-Feb-17 07:39:14

Female Maine Coons are usually a lot smaller than Males though. About 4-5kg is much more usual for a fully grown female with males about 5-7kg.

DumbledoresApprentice Mon 20-Feb-17 07:44:35

Just did a quick google and found that the size difference between the sexes is even greater than I thought.
"The Maine Coon is the largest breed of domestic cat. On average, males weigh from 13 to 18 lb (5.9 to 8.2 kg) with females weighing from 8 to 12 lb (3.6 to 5.4 kg)."

TheoriginalLEM Mon 20-Feb-17 07:49:33

it might be worth a vet check. Does she eat a lot? She may be hyperthyroid although there are often other symptoms.

Okite Mon 20-Feb-17 09:47:31

On average, males weigh from 13 to 18 lb (5.9 to 8.2 kg)
😱 at the thought of an 8kg cat!

DumbledoresApprentice Mon 20-Feb-17 16:07:46

The big males are enormous and that's usually what you see pictures of
online when you google them. I was quite surprised by how normal sized my girl was when I collected her having only ever seen a big male one in the flesh. Now I've met a few other people with females and theirs are broadly similar in size to mine (who still has a year of growing to do).

Okite Mon 20-Feb-17 18:45:07

My friend has a male and a female but hers are pretty similar in size. They all look enormous to me, my cat is very petite! I'd love a big whopper of a cat.

DangerousMouse Mon 20-Feb-17 21:32:04

I've got a 9.5kg maine coon, to me he feels thin as his pelvis is all bones, but he just carries his weight in other areas, he really is a whopper though, and its so funny seeing him next to our 4kg moggy!

DumbledoresApprentice Mon 20-Feb-17 21:43:28

Wow! That's big (are you sure they didn't accidentally give you a Great Dane instead of a cat?) grin

DangerousMouse Mon 20-Feb-17 22:23:57

Not the most flattering picture, but gives you an idea of his size!

DumbledoresApprentice Mon 20-Feb-17 22:29:27

I'm totally in love with him. He's a fluffy monster.

acatcalledjohn Mon 20-Feb-17 22:35:47

Do you buy the food from the vet? If so, have a look at online retailers as they will be much cheaper. I use zooplus for prescription diet food (£19 at the vet, £13 online), someone else I know uses pet planet for her cat's prescription diet.

3.2kg does sound tiny for a half Maine coon. We have a small brown tabby boy who comes in at just under 4kg, and the other tabby we have is almost 6kg.

Hope you manage to get her to fill out a bit.

<eagerly awaits picture>

DangerousMouse Mon 20-Feb-17 22:36:06

He's lovely isn't he?! His name is The Reverend... off to name change now! Sorry for the hijack OP

cozietoesie Mon 20-Feb-17 22:57:28

Seniorboy is about 3.2 - maybe slightly less today - but that's down to his breed and age. (Poor lad can hardly move for having some food put in front of him.) I understand your concern but hopefully she'll fill out with a little age on her.

His vet has a big colour chart on the wall about 'Fat Pets' and the worst-offending foods to give them. I'm busy taking mental notes - but as 'tips' and not cautions. grin

bxccasmithh Tue 21-Feb-17 08:21:54

Thanks all for your responses! She's off to the vets Wednesday for more blood work with someone new. Ill keep you updated

acatcalledjohn Tue 21-Feb-17 08:32:08

She's beautiful!

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