|Purred: Thu Jun 27, '13 4:52pm PST |
|Here's a good place to start reading http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity
Unfortunately, dry foods are high in calories which means cats put on extra weight Some brands are as high as 600 calories per cup And since many people just leave a big bowl or gravity feeder out all the time, cats overeat partially because dry food have an irresitable coating on it.
An average 10 pound cat only needs 200 to 250 calories per day, not per meal.
A 100% canned food diet will help a cat lose extra weight. Would that be doable for your Humans? Or at least 50% canned food (with extra water added) and 50% dry food? It doesn't have to be expesnive food. Fancy Feast, Friskies, and other brands that can be found at the supermarket or WalMart/Target/etc are just fine.
For dry food, a grain-free brand would be best since cats can't process grains. You don't need a weight specific formula. These are only slightly lower in calories. Good brands to try are Nature's Variety Instinct and Wellness Core. Maybe the Humans can buy the grain-free dry for all 7 cats to eat?
Be sure to read the Catinfo link above to help the cat safely lose weight. Cutting calories too much can lead to fatty liver disease.
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