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Im having a hard time with my cat losing weight..

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I'm having a hard time with my cat losing weight..

knstrand :

Hello, my name isXXXXX I will try to help answer your question about Puddy.

knstrand :

Are you trying to accomplish weight loss for Puddy? or is she loosing weight when you don't want her to?

Customer:

Hello, Oh yea, I really didn't state that correctly, did I? I want to help her lose the weight that I helped put on her! ooops..

knstrand :

Okay .... there is a new diet made by Hills (Science diet) called metabolic diet which I have had alot of good reports about with regards XXXXX XXXXX weight loss in cats.

knstrand :

Unfortunately it is a prescription weight loss food, so would require an exam with her regular vet to obtain.

knstrand :

Have you tried any other forms of low calorie diets?

knstrand :

It's definitely a good idea to try and accomplish weight loss before things like diabetes, or hepatic lipidosis become a problem for Puddy.

knstrand :

If you haven't tried anything yet, simply switching to a light food (such as science diet light) might help, and of course regulating her intake.

Customer:

Just the wet food (fancy feast) and dry (IAMS) for hairballs and digestion.

knstrand :

Unfortunately cats who are free fed (or simply have access to a bowl) will over eat. They will even over eat a low cal or diet food negating any affectivness it may be having.

knstrand :

Well before jumping to a prescription weight loss plan, try Science diet light food and try to regulate the amount she gets (start meal feeding, instead of free feeding)

Customer:

So me kleaving the food out 24-7 is not a good thing?

Customer:

*leaving

knstrand :

Well unfortunately not for a cat we are trying to accomplish weight for.

Customer:

I have 3 cats altogether..

Customer:

They are food spoiled by me..

knstrand :

That's where it becomes a sticky situation .... other cats who will be upset too. Unless you can get them all onto a meal feeding schedule... Breakfast and dinner.

Customer:

unfortunately..

knstrand :

It's hard to be strong, but it will be for Puddy's best interest to lose weight.

knstrand :

Each cat should have about 1/3 cup dry and 1/4 can food per meal ..... see how this goes.

Customer:

Is it ok to feed them wet food in the morning and at night? Or only dry food?

knstrand :

It will be hard because they will probably act like you are trying to starve them initially.

Customer:

That twice a day?

knstrand :

Yes twice daily

Customer:

I know..how sad..but I know its for her own good.

Customer:

Mine too.

knstrand :

Yes it is .... good luck

knstrand :

do you have any more questions?

Customer:

Ok. Thats what i'll do then.

knstrand :

Hopefully this helps

Customer:

It will...i'm sure it will compared to what i'm feeding them now. They will end up sick and I do not want that at all..

Customer:

Thank you so so much!

knstrand :

You are welcome, have a nice night

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Hi Shea,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Puddy. How is everything going?

knstrand
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Everything is going a little better. You are right about the part of feeling like your starving them! I know i'm actually saving there lives from obesity.


 


Were gonna keep working at it.


 


Thank you for checking up on "us."

You are welcome. I know it's hard, but stay strong