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He needs to lose weight. He is 13 years old. I rescued him a

year ago and he weighed...
He needs to lose weight. He is 13 years old. I rescued him a year ago and he weighed 10 pounds. Now he is 15! A part of it was just being in a home instead of a shelter. But he does need to lose maybe 2 pounds. He won't eat wet cat food at all, only dry. I have tried mixing it. He is not interested. And he begs for human food whenever I eat. I do not feed him human food at all but he is such a pest. He is on sensitive stomach dry cat food. I have reduced the amount. Is there anything I can do? The vet thinks wet food is the answer but he absolutely will not eat it.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Boogie, like Boogie Nights or the Boogie Man! He is so mellow the vet has suggested I have him certified as a therapy cat.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?
Customer: No. He has all his shots and my vet says he is in tip top shape, especially for a cat his age. He was declawed years ago and has been abandoned many many times. I have no idea why. He is the best cat, really a good guy.
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Dr. John
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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. IF YOU GET REQUEST FOR A PHONE CALL, IT IS FROM THE WEBSITE AND NOT MYSELF. JUST IGNORE IT. Hopefully your vet has ran some blood work just to make sure there is a medical reason for him not losing weight. Usually most illness will cause weight loss in cats, though. There are a couple things to do at this point. You can have your vet determine his exact caloric intake needed for weight loss. Usually I just decrease the amount fed by 20-25%. Increase exercise can help as well. Playing with things he can chase, even wand toys, can help to increase exercise. If difficult to lose weight by just decreasing amount fed, I usually recommend a prescription diet specifically made for weight loss. Hill's Prescription Metabolic is one I use very often because it is made with ingredients that promote weight loss. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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