|Purred: Wed Feb 9, '11 2:54pm PST |
|I disagree that it is a bad idea to try to help him lose weight; I think it would make more sense to get his diet figured out while there is someone who cares a lot(you) to work on it. That way, the new family can just be told what you have been doing, and that they really need to continue if they adopt this kitty. Otherwise someone who thinks obese cats are "cute' is more likely to get him, and he will be doomed.But bear in mind that ANY time you put a kitty on a diet, the goal is not to make him lose weight fast, which could cause all kinds of problems. And I think even a year is too short a time for this cat to return to normal; losing maybe 4 pounds a year is safer. Remember, this guy is like a 400 pound person!
If it were me,(and note, this is just what I did to help BooBoo lose, although I did not use canned, she won't eat it, so she got a little more dry--I am not a medical pro or anything yet)I'd try him on a couple of cans of any of the food a day to help fill him up, plus about 1/4 cup of the diet food twice a day. Canned is 70% water so not very high in calories. This should be enough food for about a 15-18 pound kitty, so he should lose weight. Keep up with his weight and if it's coming off more than a couple of ounces per week, add 2 T or so more dry per feeding, or one more can. At this point I would not worry too much that it is 'bad' or 'good' food, just whichever one he is happy eating since he has probably been left with a full bowl all the time.
Being declawed is a big debateable issue here, but I've adopted several declawed kitties and they are plenty capable of running, jumping and playing. I think getting him out to play as often as possible is a good idea; try it before he eats in the am and last thing every day as that is when he would be most active. Don't expect too much at first if he has trouble getting around, and remember even tossing something across the room so he has to move to go check it out is good.I've never heard of a kitty killing himself playing too much, only humans are stupid enough to keep trying to go on past their limits for 'fun'.Also leave a 'premium' catnip toy for him to rassle in the cage, if he will use it.
Edited by author Wed Feb 9, '11 2:59pm PST