Famished!

Sue CieminskiSue Cieminski Milwaukee, WIMember Posts: 330
edited 12 March, 2010 in Food & Nutrition
I switched the girls to grain free canned a few months ago. Because they were both overweight I had to analyze the calories carefully to calculate the right amount. I then dropped it a bit and they've both lost some weight. Sara has dropped from 9.5 lbs to 8 which is a good weight for her. Ariel has dropped from 10.5lbs to 9.5. I'd like to see her come down more especially since she has arthritis in her hips. The thing is that she hasn't dropped any weight in a about 6 wks and she is always prowling for food. I've had to hid the dog's treat ball with his kibble because she goes after it and she's waking me up at 4am every morning looking for food. We can't go on like this. Do I up the volume, even if it means she gains back some weight? They're currently getting about 3.5 to 4 oz. of Wellness grain-free canned a day. Sara's usually hungry too, but it's not quite as bad. Any suggestions on how to deal with this? ETA. When I moved to grain free, I upped their feedings to 3 times a day, adding a 3rd feeding just before bedtime to try and get us through the night. Originally it was g-f kibble which seemed to work, but when I replaced that with canned it no longer holds them through the night.

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  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Do you know what their ideal weight *should* be? There's a formula that I hope someone more knowledgeable will supply to figure out their serving size/calorie count based on their weight. 9.5 and 8 pounds doesn't sound like that much unless they're very small boned. When you look down at them from above, can you see their waists? Otherwise, it sounds like you're doing all the right things. My brother Teddy is always begging for food too, but he doesn't wake us up to do it so mom tries to ignore him. Have you asked your vet if they are the right weight yet? I wish we had a better suggestion!
  • Jordan SpivaJordan Spiva Los Angeles,CAMember Posts: 355
    edited 7 March, 2010
    Hmm, I recently bumped Sprinkles portions up to 5 oz of canned a day and she no longer cries. Before on 3 oz a day she'd be trying to open the door when I was in the bathroom so she could sit in front of me and meow nonstop.
  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
    edited 7 March, 2010
    It all depends on what kind of canned food you are feeding, how many calories are in it? They should be getting around 210 calories a day I think that 3 oz is not enough though, I'd go for more like 5-6 oz.
  • Sue CieminskiSue Cieminski Milwaukee, WIMember Posts: 330
    edited 7 March, 2010
    I'd estimate their ideal weights to be between 7 and 8 lbs. Yes, they are small cats. A year or so ago when there were both in the 8's the vet said they were a little heavy, but not enough to worry about. Ariel was just there a few weeks ago and we discussed her weight so she really does still need to drop a lb or so. They're eatting Wellness grain-free. Given that Ariel's not losing any weight at 4 oz (160 calories), I'd be concerned about upping her all the way to 210. I supposed I could go up to 4.5 (180) and see what happens.
  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
    edited 8 March, 2010
    Ariel how long have they been on this diet? As it does take along time to loose weight and it should be done slowly, so not to cause Hepatic Lipidosis. 8lbs is not too fat for a cat I dont think so aiming for say 180 calories a day then with a few treats thrown in:-$
  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
    edited 8 March, 2010
    I've never tried this but I've heard that you can bulk up cats food with canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin not the pie mix) or any pureed cooked vegetables. This adds some fibre and helps fill them up and slows down digestion but doesn't add calories. You have to start with really small amounts to avoid causing diarrhea from the extra fibre.
  • Lacey KingstonLacey Kingston WilmingtonMember Posts: 7,527
    edited 9 March, 2010
    It's been my experience that unless your cats are free fed, they will scream at you at random intervals to be fed. It just goes with the territory. ;)
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 9 March, 2010
    Free feeding is how you end up with overweight cats to begin with. That's not a good idea for a kitty on a diet.
  • Sue CieminskiSue Cieminski Milwaukee, WIMember Posts: 330
    edited 9 March, 2010
    I'm used to a certain amount of pestering for food, but waking me up in the middle of the night or stealing food from dog while he's trying to eat it is new. I've upped her to 4.5 oz and it seems to have helped some. I"m trying to increase her activity level some with a lazer pointer to counter balance it.
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 10 March, 2010
    You're on the right track Ariel. Please keep us posted.
  • Heather ThompsonHeather Thompson BountifulMember Posts: 3,652
    edited 11 March, 2010
    If they are not getting enough calories just like in people sometimes weight loss will come to a stand still. I would suggest what you have done increasing the calories and maybe increasing the # of times fed per day so if you are just feeding 2x a day increase to 3x a day etc.
  • Cass DoolittleCass Doolittle FlandersMember Posts: 341
    edited 12 March, 2010
    Agreeing with Munchie here. Mom feeds us three times a day rather than twice, but the overall amount is the same. This has been good for me, because when I\'m really hungry, I tend to bolt all the food put in front of me and then barf it up. It has been good for my bro Jasper, too, because he gets hungry between meals, and a nighttime snack keeps him happy until breakfast. The new sibs, both under a year old, get some extra snacks that Mom thinks the rest of us don\'t know about. They\'re teenagers, after all, and they need the extra calories.
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