|Purred: Sat Feb 23, '13 5:52pm PST |
|Read this for info on how to safely help overweight cats lose weight http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity
The general rule of thumb to to feed 20 to 25 calories per pound of ideal body weight. For a big weight loss, like what your cat needs, the calorie amount is different. A big reduction in calories can result in fatty liver disease. If you need to lose a total of 10 pounds, aim for losing just a pound within, say, 1 month. When you maintain that weight, aim for another small reduction in calories to lose another pound. Make sure to get excercise, too
For food, an all canned food diet is best since caned foods are low in calories. A cup of dry food may contain as much as 400+ calories, even supposed "diet" foods And since many people just leave a big bowl of dry food out all day, cats tend to eat more than they need and therefore more calories A typical 10 pound cat only needs about 200 to 250 calories per day. Some may need more or less, depending on breed, activity level, life stage, etc.
Any commerical brand of canned food will help with weight loss Fancy Feast, Friskies, etc are all good. Whatever your cat likes to eat and you can afford and can find in the stores will work. Little 3 oz cans tend to add up in costs over time so try to feed a brand that is available in larger sizes. If you want to know how many calories are in a particular canned food, check out this list http://www.catinfo.org/docs/FoodChartPublic9-22-12.pdf
Pet store employees mean well but oftentimes give out bad or incorrect information Dry skin can be caused by numerous things and diet may not always work. It's good that your cat went to the vet for a check up.
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