I need to put Tigger on a diet he is over weight the vets said he healthy but defiantly over weight. I tried to diet him last year he lost 1kg from just cutting his food down and picking all the bowls up at night. Since last year he put on more weight we know next door feed him and we feed their cat charlie he's a big boy they are fine we are feeding Charlie as he nicks Tigger's purina one light food which has been helping both lose a bit of weight we are going to tell them not to feed Tigger as he's on a diet the vets what him to go on there food which is expensive i make him run about for 20-30 mins a day with his lazer toy. I was just wondering if anyone has more tips with a multi house hold of cats on dieting on cat the rest are at a good weight.
Mummy to Tilly, Tigger, Felix, Miasie, Garfield, Oliver (little Olly) Bob, Archie, Jake, Willow, Joey, Summer, Yorkie,Leo & Autumn
Hi, we have had to deal with this issue. We have 4 cats, the eldest, Penny, is nearly 14. She was 3.6 Kg when we got her from the rescue 5 years ago and she gradually put on weight, which I'm sorry to say we didn't register until she stopped jumping up so much. She reached 5Kg The jumping up wasn't due to weight but because she's started to have a bit of arthritis. The vet said she need to lose weight to 4Kg (a bit more if pos.) We realised that she'd been helping herself to everyone else's while we were at work!
In this case the arthritis & her small size worked in our favour as she couldn't jump on to worktops so the other cats get feed on the worktop & she gets hers on the floor. Not sure if that will work for you though.
We use Hills R/D kibble with a little moist to take some arthritis meds. All her dried food is weighed out & reduced if she has treats. We have also tried to exercise a bit more as well. She successfully lost the weight but we then changed her to Hills J/D for the arthritis but despite being careful with the amount for her weight she put weight back on a gain due to the various oils etc in the food. She's back on the diet again and we're nearly down to target again.
Its a problem how to limit food without penalising the others. Could you feed the others in a room with a catflap that only registers their microchip/collar tag - a bit drastic on the door to the room but it would work. the only other way I can think of is to get them all used to their food a set times only rather than being allowed to graze.
Also puzzle feeders not just the treat balls but ones that make them work/use their brains for their food, hiding food around so he has to work for his food.
Happy days with Roman, Osiris & Lexie (remembering Chloe & Penny)
The vets want him on expensive food for obvious reasons, all of which are detrimental to your cats health. The LAST place I would go for nutritional advice is a UK vet!
Best thing you can do for a multi-cat household is to feed them all with a high quality feed. That means, NO dry and NO grain. If you get the carbs out of his diet he will return naturally to a healthy weight. Remember, the only carbs a cat has in nature come from the mouse's stomach content - it is a tiny amount.
Wet foods to choose include Natures Menu, AC, Grau, OmNomNom etc, at a pinch hi-life. Better still transition them all to raw. NI do a complete product if, like me, you don't yet have time to make it yourself and Natures menu complete raw will hit the market at the end of April. As well as being healthier for your pets, raw is also much cheaper and leaves you with odor free litter boxes because they are not expelling all the crap in low quality food that they can't digest. It's a win win for everyone apart from your vet
Edit: I just looked at the ingredients in purina one light. Eek!