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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2013

what would be a good cat food for a 9yr old over weight male that doesn't get much exersize? he weights 19lbs.i have him on a high protein

continued, he's on a high protein diet,but some say that its not good for his heart.he gets a half a cup a day of blue buffalo dry food.

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This is a question I would ask my vet. He knows the cat's medical history. 1/2 cup of Blue Buffalo doesn't sound like enough food. Maybe some other health problem is going on, not just obesity. Purina Cat Chow has a weight control dry food and we switched our female cat to this, but all our cats have loved Cat Chow. Her vet OKs this.

Answered 6 years ago by keikosmom

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Actually, 1/2 cup of kibble is a generous amount of food for a cat. I know it doesn't look like much to us, but consider how small cats are, comparatively speaking.
Has your vet given you an idea of what his ideal weight should be? Depending on body type, most adult cats at a healthy weight would be between about 9 to 12 pounds, give or take. Your vet can help you determine how much weight your boy should lose.
The most important thing to know is that cats really need to lose weight slowly - no more than 1% of their weight per week. So at 19 pounds, he should keep his weekly weight loss under .25 #. Cats can develop hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease), which is life threatening, if they aren't eating adequate amounts.
If he checks out healthy otherwise (no underlying medical condition for his obesity), then you can start by reducing his portion size by giving him a little less than that 1/2 cup. Cats only need about 20 calories per pound of body weight, so at 19 pounds, he'd eat 380 calories to maintain that weight. You want him to reduce, so that # needs to be less. i.e.m if 12 pounds would be a good weight for him, that would be a max of 240 calories per day. I'd start out offering him around 300 calories to keep him from losing too much, too fast. You should be able to find the calories per cup on the cat food package or the Blue Buffalo website.
If his calorie intake already seems to be at an appropriate level, you need to increase his activity level. Again, start slowly. Like humans, overweight pets don't feel like exercising much and it can be difficult to move around much, carrying all that excess weight, but it's important for his health. Find some kind of interactive toy that he enjoys - cat dancers, feather wands, laser pointer, something that gets him to move a bit. It may be challenging at first, but as he loses weight, he'll feel more like playing.
Also, try a "food puzzle" toy for a portion of his daily food. A toy like a kitty Buster Cube or treat dispensing toy requires the animal to exercise by batting the toy around in order to dispense the food.
I'd also suggest switching at least part of his daily kibble portion to wet food. That will increase his fluid intake, helping him feel more full, while decreasing his caloric intake.
Oh, and as far as high protein being bad for cats, cats are obligate carnivores. That means that protein is and should be the primary food source for cats. Cats don't need grains at all. I personally think that grains in cat food are part of the cause of so much obesity problem in our kitties.

Source: http://http://www.premier.com/View.as...

Answered 6 years ago by ThePetCompany




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