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Candy, Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Previous Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
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My name is***** have a 4 year old cat that's a domestic

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hi my name is***** have a 4 year old cat that's a domestic shorthair. she is pretty healthy, however the vet told me back in April that I need to get her to loose weight. she is 12 pounds, and when I got her back in November she was only 9 pounds, she gained a lot of weight, since I kept feeding her a lot of canned food, since the beginning she was meowing a lot in the house before she got used to it, so id give her food to comfort her, ok what good healthy foods can I give my cat or any special vitamins, ( that are not too expensive) to give her. Also I was told that she has tarter on her teeth. so far I have given her "Greenies" treats to help her tarter. Plus I give her "Friskies " canned cat food, about 3/4 a day Plus "Life's Abundance" dry food, which is supposed to be holistic, and grain free, she don't drink much water, but I was told they don't drink much like dogs. Is there anything else I can do to help the cat? should I change the way she eats or any minerals vitamins? and I was going to get blood work done on her, just to make sure she doesn't have any health problems. The vet wanted my cat to get her "Teeth Cleaned" but she sould have to go under anesthesia, is there any natural alternative for tarter? I have some tooth[paste for cats, but she don't like her teeth touched? please help me, I only want the best for my cat, and to hopefully live a long life. Also one more question? I was told my a :" natropathic doctor" that has cat's too, that I can use a crockpot and put natural chicken in it. they can eat that too! ok please help me thanks. Sincerely, Shelly. (ps: we do have a holistic veterinarian in Ct. but its expensive, should I bring her anyway? ) what do they do for cats teeth, and health? thanks.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Candy replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear that your girl is having some trouble with weight gain.Weight loss in cats can be very tricky. One of the reasons for this is that if you cut a cats food down to much then the body begins to burn fat. This is a problem for cats as their liver can not process this extra fat and they end up with a condition called Hepatic Lipidosis( fatty liver) which will result in liver failure if the food is not increased.It is important that we get her weight down a little as the added weight makes her high risk for things like diabetes.A few things you can do are* Feed more canned then dry food, Canned has less carbs and will help with weight loss. * Go to a weight management or weight loss dry formula .For a low carb dry food I would suggest one of the following Natura/Innova's EVO, Wellness CORE, or Nature's Variety Instinct. * Use foraging toys . These are toys that can contain food or treats, put half of her dry food in this and make her work for her food . This will not only help with weight loss but will also allow her to use her natural hunting instincts inside.Here are examplesSlim Cat ( click here)Go cat * Make sure she gets a full 20 minutes of play 2-3 times per day . Make sure she has toys that make her run jump etc to burn calories. A laser pointer works great for this . They even have hands free lasers for cats as wellClick here for a hands free laserOther toys that work well are the panic mouse and or a remote controlled mouse.Click here for the panic mouse .Click the links below for other toys that will get her moving Link Link * add 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin or 1/2 teaspoon of Metamucil to his food daily. The added fiber help to make her feel full faster and last longer. As for tarter, this is a pretty common problem in cats. Dry food can help to break off and prevent tarter. Your vet will carry a dental diet. In our office many owners use this dry food as treats. CET makes good oral health chews for cats as well. Your vet may carry these or you can get them online. As long as she is on a good balanced diet there is no real need to give additional vitamins. If you want to go the holistic route as far as a vet that would be great but I do not see any reason to go right now if finances are a concern. I hope this helps give you some direction. Please reply back if you have additional questions and I will be happy to continue. If you need no further assistance please take a few moments to provide a rating so that I am compensated for my time by Justanswer.Candy