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Diet for Chubby Adult Cats!

Sara KangSara Kang Member Posts: 403
edited 29 September, 2010 in Food & Nutrition
Hi Catsters, Can anyone recommend a good diet for several kitties we've rescued and are fostering? We've tried to play with them but they are rather inactive. They are on weight maintenance food (dry and wet), but its not making much of a dent. I've already cut their portions. Is there a food that would work best for diet control but isn't so costly? They are already on Nutro and Natural Balance. Thanks! Tabitha and Fambam


  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 23 September, 2010
    Take a look at for some great facts and advice about chubby kitties and what you can do. First step would be removing the kibble. If you serve only canned - set amounts at set times - it's the best thing you can do for them. Most of us recommend grain free food. Natural Balance makes some really good ones, but there are cheaper brands too. Even Friskies and Fancy Feast have some grain free flavors. Take a look at in the commercial food section for a list. Good luck!
  • Pam WanderlinghPam Wanderlingh Member Posts: 1
    edited 28 September, 2010
    We have always fed our indoor cats dry food and our vet said our male cat is 8 pounds overweight! I have been researching cat food and it appears wet food is better for cats. My problem is that we have three (3) cats and I wanted to know how we can feed them - seperately. I know there would be issues because every morning I give them each a few treats and I have to stand there because the male gobbles his and goes and eats the other\'s treats unless I stop him. Any suggestions?? Also, what would be the best low-fat/low calorie cat food? Thanks for any suggestions...
  • Marie CallinMarie Callin Member Posts: 494
    edited 28 September, 2010
    The best thing you can do for a fat cat IMO is get rid of that high carb kibble. Switch to a grain free canned instead :) Read this article: Feline Obesity on
  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 29 September, 2010
    Hi Cutie! Unfortunately you'll have to separate them at mealtime. Males tend to do that, hog the food and go directly to the other's plates. Unless you want to stand there each time and be the gustapo, it's just easier to put them each in a separate room during meals. Definitely canned is better and GRAIN FREE. But either way, dry or canned, grain free is much better. There is a whole list of them on that link that BK gave. But what me and Lacey eat are high quality protein ones without by-products and additives like Nature's Variety, Petguard (only the grain free ones), Weruva, Tiki Cat, stuff like that. You can also go to my switching foods page, the link is located at the top of that commercial foods page. Hope this helps you and the original poster! Any other questions we'll be glad to help.
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