Thin cat vs. the "heavier"

Lindsay PoveromoLindsay Poveromo Winter SpringsMember Posts: 350
edited 13 January, 2006 in Food & Nutrition
I'm so thin. I'm 5 pounds and 3 years old (full grown). My mom feeds me Nutro Max Cat Indoor cat Dry Food & Nutro Max Cat Wet Food (every other day for the wet food). I also love to eat treats and snacks, but I'm very thin. The doctor says I'm healthy, I'm just tiny and it seems impossible to fatten me up -- I may just be "small boned." However, my one year old sister, Hadley, is 8 pounds. Mom is worried she'll start to get too heavy and living in an apartment doesn't make for much excercise. My question is: How do you manage to keep one cat plump and also make sure the other doesn't get TOO plump?


  • Sue KaufmannSue Kaufmann CranfordMember Posts: 1,465
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Wow ... interesting dilemma! Well, eight pounds isn\'t heavy at all for a cat, but I can understand your mom\'s concern. Personally, I\'d cut down on free-feeding. It\'s not really in our genes to graze for food like that. Better for you both to have two meals a day, so mom can keep track of how much you\'re eating. Also, one year old is a great time to encourage a cat to play. I live in an apartment, too, and I get the \"rompies\" from time to time where I run around without encouragement. When my human thinks I\'ve been sitting around too much, she starts waving this feather wand in my face, and I can\'t resist batting at it. So maybe your mom needs to do that with Hadley a bit, or find some other toys, too. Just a thought.
  • Lindsay PoveromoLindsay Poveromo Winter SpringsMember Posts: 350
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I do get played with, a lot. I run around and play with my sister Landon as well as with all the toys, balls and feathers my humans buy me. Mom knows I'm not heavy, but doesn't want me to get heavy when she's trying to get Landon to gain more. It is quite a dilemma. Hmm.
  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭
    edited 27 February, 2006
    We've had the same problem in our family for over 10 years. I'm thin and my sis, Beatrice, is pretty chubby. We've always both eaten the same thing so it's really hard to restrict her diet without restricting mine, too, and I don't need to lose weight! Our mommy's never really found a good solution. Of course, it's gotten even more complicated since our foster brother, Ben, came to live with us. Beastie and I have been eating Nature's Recipe Senior formula, but Ben is still a growing kitten so mommy tries to feed him kitten food in the bedroom away from us while we eat in the kitchen.
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