Our 1 year old spayed tabby is heavy - 9 lbs. even though we control food intake and she still plays like a kitten. ??
Our 1 year old spayed tabby is an indoor cat, but still gets plenty of running around excercise, still plays like a kitten, and we control food intake to 4 1/4 cup portions per day, yet she looks heavy and weighs 9 lbs. ???
on Mar 7th 2013
in Food & Nutrition
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Unless she is a tiny, fine-boned kitty, 9lbs. is not really that heavy. She may have Maine Coon or other large-breed cats sitting on the branches of her family tree. I have to say that at the age of 1 year, Izzie weighed 9lbs. also. At full-growth, he now weighs 19. When he jumps on the bed, I know it! 8o) The only one who can tell for certain if she is overweight is a vet. If she hasn't been recently, it's a good idea to take her in. If she was spayed by her vet, they probably would have said something to you if they felt she was too heavy, but you never know. It's also a good idea to make sure there is no medical reason for her to be heavy, like a thyroid condition.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/8/13. Helpful? / 0
You should feed dry food according to her ideal weight, not actual weight (the vet can tell you what that is). Then, most good cat foods (like MaxCat, for example) have per day feeding charts on the side of the bag based on activity. Finally, if you feed treats, make sure they are low cal (like Greenies- three new flavors just came out). If your vet agrees she's not just fluffy anymore, then it's time for a weight control formula. Follow the weight reduction directions until she reaches the desired weight, and then stay with the maintenance amount! Also check that you are not feeding the "per day" amount per serving 2x a day as well. Cheers to big girls (My sis Bezal is 19 lbs. and wears a small dog harness). ^_^
Panda Bear answered on 8/7/13. Helpful? / 0