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Changing feeding times/amount, help!
Some background info: I have four little ones, 3 girls and a boy. The boy is obese (about 20 lbs) and one of the girls is getting to be overweight (about 9-10lbs on a small frame). One of the other girls has had UTI issues for the past three weeks and my vet advised that if the antibiotics didn't cure it, I would likely have to change their diet, as I had been free feeding them nearly 100% dry food.
10 days of antibiotics later, Sofia started having the same UTI symptoms which appear to get better/stop when I feed her wet food only.
Since I have to change her entire food routine, I thought why not get everyone on a set schedule, stop free feeding, and hopefully help the two overweight cats get to a healthier weight.
The problem that I'm running into is that they are so used to having food available 24/7 that they only eat a little bit when I've put it out for them today at 9am,3pm, and 5pm. I eventually want to get them on a schedule of being fed once in the morning and once at night.
Does anyone have any tips on how to make the transition easier (on everyone!)? I don't want them to be hungry but I realize there is going to be a period of them getting used to the new routine.
Thanks in advance!