June 18th, 2006, 02:28 PM
My Girlie (14 year old female kitty) has been gaining weight. The vet says it's not a real concern right now but I don't want it to become one. Her thyroid was checked and it's okay but she's gained weight in the last few years. I've been feeding her Lick your Chops canned and Royal Canin Persian Dry. She doesn't eat a lot of dry food and since that's my younger cat's favourite I don't want to change it ( I tried many times and he still wants that one). She's the one who eats most of the canned food (can't find a brand that the younger cat likes in the canned) so I thought I would just put down a diet food and let both eat it. THere is a diet version of the Lick Your Chops but it's hard to find so I was just wondering about some other brands out there. I'm looking for a good quality holistic one and she has a preference for chicken. Thanks.
June 18th, 2006, 05:25 PM
Here are a couple of holistic canned foods (they don't make a light version though):
http://www.omhpet.com/cats/wellness_detail.asp?pCode=canCatTurkeySalmon (there are more choices in the list on the left)
I found a diet one.. http://www.canidae.com/cats/platinum/canned.html
it looks ok...
Innova has a canned "Cat Lite" food too (I don't know if the link will work though): Innova Cat Lite (http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=product-detail&pxsl=%2F%2Fproduct%5B@id%3D%27542%27%5D)
June 18th, 2006, 05:31 PM
I am not a great believer in diet-foods for animals,I think how much you feed them is what matters.
My 3 cats split a small can,which amounts to about a table-spoon each,twice a day.
One of my cats would finish all 3 dishes if I let him,but I don't,so if he is still hungry he can eat dry(Solid Gold for cats,at the moment)which I keep around 24/7.
Lately they have been eating Wellness small cans,Old Mother Hubbard is also good,but my cats don't like it.
I used to feed them Fancy Feast and still do at times,certainly not hollistic,but they like it.
June 18th, 2006, 05:38 PM
I agree, Chico. I'd much rather cut down than feed diet foods. The two I posted don't look too bad, but usually diet foods are full of fillers, which oddly enough, can cause weight gain.:rolleyes:
June 19th, 2006, 12:29 PM
Maybe that's it. I've been feeding her too much. One third of a small can twice daily!!! I've been giving her 1/4 of the 5.5 oz can twice daily and she's eating more than the one quarter at both meals since she tries to finish off what my male cat doesn't eat. I used to be really strict about the food but I had an older cat with her ( he died last year) and when he got old I had to leave food down more often since he couldn't go the long time in between meals. Then I got the younger one from the shelter and he's used to nibbling on the dry food. I guess I've just gotten soft in my older years about the food and maybe need to tighten up the menu again instead of feeding diet food. I feel so guilty when I can give my younger cat a snack but not her.
Thanks for the tips anyway. I checked out all those canned foods. Most of them are not diet foods but will try just doing the cutback first.
June 19th, 2006, 02:38 PM
It's hard not to feel guilty, but you have to know you are doing what's best for her in the long run.:)
June 19th, 2006, 04:34 PM
Yeah,my Vinnie gives me this look,when I don't let him finish the other dishes,but obesity in cats can cause all kinds of problems,just like in humans.
I have 3 sturdy males one at 17lbs Chico,8yrs old,Rocky 16lbs at 10yrs old and then Vinnie also 17lb at 3 yrs old.
Neither one of them is fat,just big cats,although Vinnie has a tendency to get fat.So,I have to keep removing the dishes,although he gives me that"What you do that for?"look:D