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New cat question & weight question

Post by ElvisRock » Sat, 02 Apr 2005 04:30:48



Hi all.  I am finally getting a new cat on Sunday from a shelter.  I took my
Randi to the vet for shots yesterday.  They said he is
too fat - 15.75 lbs!  And that he has a very slight heart murmur, which is
more reason to make him lose some weight.
It was hard when Elvis was here to distinguish who was eating what, but now
it appears Randi is eating 2 or 2-1/2  3 oz. cans a day and very little dry
food.  The vet said to cut him down to one small can a day and two cups of
dry.  But he doesn't eat that much dry food.
How much do your cats eat?  He is a big cat, not just fat.

When I get the new cat (an *** female) after I take her to the vet right
away for ***work, when she gets the clear and I can bring her home, I need
some suggestions for introducing them to each other.     With Randi, he was
only 9 weeks old and Elvis was mad at me for a day and then he mothered him.
I kept Randi in a separate room for a couple days and then they were fine.
Just would like to get
your suggestions.  Thanks, Carol       Oh, and my vet has KITTENS available
in a couple weeks!  They aren't ready yet but
I think I am going to get two.  Or three. lol

 
 
 

New cat question & weight question

Post by Cathy Friedman » Sat, 02 Apr 2005 06:29:13



Quote:
> Hi all.  I am finally getting a new cat on Sunday from a shelter.

Good! :-)

  I took my

Quote:
> Randi to the vet for shots yesterday.  They said he is
> too fat - 15.75 lbs!  And that he has a very slight heart murmur, which is
> more reason to make him lose some weight.
> It was hard when Elvis was here to distinguish who was eating what, but
now
> it appears Randi is eating 2 or 2-1/2  3 oz. cans a day and very little
dry
> food.  The vet said to cut him down to one small can a day and two cups of
> dry.

Two cups of dry/day, in addition to the 3 oz. of wet food!?  Holy mackerel,
but that's a LOT of food!  3 oz. of wet, plus 1/2 - 3/4 cup of dry, maybe...
IMO/E, for that size of a cat.

I had an overweight medium-sized cat who weighed 13? lbs.  The vet put her
on a diet of 1/2 cup Science Diet Light/day.  That was it.  She very slowly
(as is advisable) lost weight over the next few years on that diet - to 9? -
10 lbs.  I also fed her *tiny* little treats - a few shreds of cheese, a
Tbs. or 2 of milk, some cantaloupe cubes, etc.  Enough to give her
occasional treats, but not to wreck her weight-loss diet.

Cathy

  But he doesn't eat that much dry food.

Quote:
> How much do your cats eat?  He is a big cat, not just fat.

> When I get the new cat (an *** female) after I take her to the vet right
> away for ***work, when she gets the clear and I can bring her home, I
need
> some suggestions for introducing them to each other.     With Randi, he
was
> only 9 weeks old and Elvis was mad at me for a day and then he mothered
him.
> I kept Randi in a separate room for a couple days and then they were fine.
> Just would like to get
> your suggestions.  Thanks, Carol       Oh, and my vet has KITTENS
available
> in a couple weeks!  They aren't ready yet but
> I think I am going to get two.  Or three. lol

 
 
 

New cat question & weight question

Post by Kare » Sat, 02 Apr 2005 06:59:46


I'm thinking she meant 1/2.
Don't you think?


Quote:



> > Hi all.  I am finally getting a new cat on Sunday from a shelter.

> Good! :-)

>   I took my
> > Randi to the vet for shots yesterday.  They said he is
> > too fat - 15.75 lbs!  And that he has a very slight heart murmur, which
is
> > more reason to make him lose some weight.
> > It was hard when Elvis was here to distinguish who was eating what, but
> now
> > it appears Randi is eating 2 or 2-1/2  3 oz. cans a day and very little
> dry
> > food.  The vet said to cut him down to one small can a day and two cups
of
> > dry.

> Two cups of dry/day, in addition to the 3 oz. of wet food!?  Holy
mackerel,
> but that's a LOT of food!  3 oz. of wet, plus 1/2 - 3/4 cup of dry,
maybe...
> IMO/E, for that size of a cat.

> I had an overweight medium-sized cat who weighed 13? lbs.  The vet put her
> on a diet of 1/2 cup Science Diet Light/day.  That was it.  She very
slowly
> (as is advisable) lost weight over the next few years on that diet - to
9? -
> 10 lbs.  I also fed her *tiny* little treats - a few shreds of cheese, a
> Tbs. or 2 of milk, some cantaloupe cubes, etc.  Enough to give her
> occasional treats, but not to wreck her weight-loss diet.

> Cathy

>   But he doesn't eat that much dry food.
> > How much do your cats eat?  He is a big cat, not just fat.

> > When I get the new cat (an *** female) after I take her to the vet
right
> > away for ***work, when she gets the clear and I can bring her home, I
> need
> > some suggestions for introducing them to each other.     With Randi, he
> was
> > only 9 weeks old and Elvis was mad at me for a day and then he mothered
> him.
> > I kept Randi in a separate room for a couple days and then they were
fine.
> > Just would like to get
> > your suggestions.  Thanks, Carol       Oh, and my vet has KITTENS
> available
> > in a couple weeks!  They aren't ready yet but
> > I think I am going to get two.  Or three. lol

 
 
 

New cat question & weight question

Post by kael » Sat, 02 Apr 2005 07:07:43



enlightened us with...

Quote:
> It was hard when Elvis was here to distinguish who was eating what, but now
> it appears Randi is eating 2 or 2-1/2  3 oz. cans a day and very little dry
> food.  The vet said to cut him down to one small can a day and two cups of
> dry.  But he doesn't eat that much dry food.

Good. Wet is better for him by far. If he prefers it, there is no reason to
switch him.
If he is too fat, just reduce the amount of wet he gets. Just don't reduce it
too much too fast. Cats need to lose weight slowly.
More exercise is helpful, just like with people.

Quote:
> How much do your cats eat?  He is a big cat, not just fat.

Whoa!!
2 cups dry AND 3 oz wet daily for one cat ?!
My DOG doesn't eat 2 cups of food daily. Then again, she's a small dog... LOL

I have three cats -- 8, 10, and 13 pounds repectively.

These THREE cats (who, unfortunately, prefer dry) SHARE:

Morning: 1 cup of dry
Evening: variable:
         A: 1 cup dry
         B: 3 oz wet and 1/4 - 1/2 cup dry
         C: 5.5 - 6 oz wet

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New cat question & weight question

Post by ElvisRock » Sat, 02 Apr 2005 07:23:14


Yes, he probably did.  But he only eats a few mouthfuls of dry a day.


Quote:
> I'm thinking she meant 1/2.
> Don't you think?





>> > Hi all.  I am finally getting a new cat on Sunday from a shelter.

>> Good! :-)

>>   I took my
>> > Randi to the vet for shots yesterday.  They said he is
>> > too fat - 15.75 lbs!  And that he has a very slight heart murmur, which
> is
>> > more reason to make him lose some weight.
>> > It was hard when Elvis was here to distinguish who was eating what, but
>> now
>> > it appears Randi is eating 2 or 2-1/2  3 oz. cans a day and very little
>> dry
>> > food.  The vet said to cut him down to one small can a day and two cups
> of
>> > dry.

>> Two cups of dry/day, in addition to the 3 oz. of wet food!?  Holy
> mackerel,
>> but that's a LOT of food!  3 oz. of wet, plus 1/2 - 3/4 cup of dry,
> maybe...
>> IMO/E, for that size of a cat.

>> I had an overweight medium-sized cat who weighed 13? lbs.  The vet put
>> her
>> on a diet of 1/2 cup Science Diet Light/day.  That was it.  She very
> slowly
>> (as is advisable) lost weight over the next few years on that diet - to
> 9? -
>> 10 lbs.  I also fed her *tiny* little treats - a few shreds of cheese, a
>> Tbs. or 2 of milk, some cantaloupe cubes, etc.  Enough to give her
>> occasional treats, but not to wreck her weight-loss diet.

>> Cathy

>>   But he doesn't eat that much dry food.
>> > How much do your cats eat?  He is a big cat, not just fat.

>> > When I get the new cat (an *** female) after I take her to the vet
> right
>> > away for ***work, when she gets the clear and I can bring her home, I
>> need
>> > some suggestions for introducing them to each other.     With Randi, he
>> was
>> > only 9 weeks old and Elvis was mad at me for a day and then he mothered
>> him.
>> > I kept Randi in a separate room for a couple days and then they were
> fine.
>> > Just would like to get
>> > your suggestions.  Thanks, Carol       Oh, and my vet has KITTENS
>> available
>> > in a couple weeks!  They aren't ready yet but
>> > I think I am going to get two.  Or three. lol

 
 
 

New cat question & weight question

Post by Kare » Sat, 02 Apr 2005 07:42:56


Oh, well, since you are trying to get him to lose weight I wouldn't worry
that he doesn't eat dry. I'm e***d about your new kitty.


Quote:
> Yes, he probably did.  But he only eats a few mouthfuls of dry a day.



> > I'm thinking she meant 1/2.
> > Don't you think?





> >> > Hi all.  I am finally getting a new cat on Sunday from a shelter.

> >> Good! :-)

> >>   I took my
> >> > Randi to the vet for shots yesterday.  They said he is
> >> > too fat - 15.75 lbs!  And that he has a very slight heart murmur,
which
> > is
> >> > more reason to make him lose some weight.
> >> > It was hard when Elvis was here to distinguish who was eating what,
but
> >> now
> >> > it appears Randi is eating 2 or 2-1/2  3 oz. cans a day and very
little
> >> dry
> >> > food.  The vet said to cut him down to one small can a day and two
cups
> > of
> >> > dry.

> >> Two cups of dry/day, in addition to the 3 oz. of wet food!?  Holy
> > mackerel,
> >> but that's a LOT of food!  3 oz. of wet, plus 1/2 - 3/4 cup of dry,
> > maybe...
> >> IMO/E, for that size of a cat.

> >> I had an overweight medium-sized cat who weighed 13? lbs.  The vet put
> >> her
> >> on a diet of 1/2 cup Science Diet Light/day.  That was it.  She very
> > slowly
> >> (as is advisable) lost weight over the next few years on that diet - to
> > 9? -
> >> 10 lbs.  I also fed her *tiny* little treats - a few shreds of cheese,
a
> >> Tbs. or 2 of milk, some cantaloupe cubes, etc.  Enough to give her
> >> occasional treats, but not to wreck her weight-loss diet.

> >> Cathy

> >>   But he doesn't eat that much dry food.
> >> > How much do your cats eat?  He is a big cat, not just fat.

> >> > When I get the new cat (an *** female) after I take her to the vet
> > right
> >> > away for ***work, when she gets the clear and I can bring her home,
I
> >> need
> >> > some suggestions for introducing them to each other.     With Randi,
he
> >> was
> >> > only 9 weeks old and Elvis was mad at me for a day and then he
mothered
> >> him.
> >> > I kept Randi in a separate room for a couple days and then they were
> > fine.
> >> > Just would like to get
> >> > your suggestions.  Thanks, Carol       Oh, and my vet has KITTENS
> >> available
> >> > in a couple weeks!  They aren't ready yet but
> >> > I think I am going to get two.  Or three. lol