Cat food

  1. Okay all you cat lovers...
    I've got this adorable but obese kitty. I am feeding her one of those low-fat dry kibble cat food products that vets recommend. I am feeding her according to the directions, not that much really. My cat's a cute little butterball, but I'm concerned for her health. She's a solid 12-13 pounds on a smaller frame. Also, my hubby & I are tired of throwing our backs out when we pick her up! LOL! Someone recently told me that my cat's fat because I'm feeding her kibble. She told me I should feed my cats raw meat, just like in nature, all the time (not that canned cr@p you buy at the store, but real meat).

    Anyone heard of feeding an all raw meat diet to the kitties? Does it make a difference in their health? I will ask the vet next time we stop by, but was just curious if anyone else here has tried it.

    PS- WARNING to all you kitty haters (and I know who you are!!) ya'll better not post on this one...don't make me sic my cat posse on ya
  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    Yeah a few places are recommending that cats are fed raw meat - there is even a product over here in OZ called "fussycat" that is just meat packaged for cats.
  4. by   delirium
    I've heard about it, and heard that some cats do well on it. My cats eat a combination of dry food and tuna.

    The worst thing you can do is take away their protein source... cats need protein, far more than dogs do. Dogs can be vegetarians, cats cannot. So, as long as they're getting meat, it should be ok.

    I'd ask the vet, though, if you're feeding a reasonable amount of low-cal food, why your cat is so heavy. There could be an undiagnosed metabolic or thyroid problem. How old is your cat and does she get much exercise?
  5. by   gwenith
    Talk about fresh meat - the cat (Tibetia) brought in a live mouse the other night at around 1 am. I was stuck on Allnurses when she comes in sssoooo proud of herself - cant get the damn thing away from her without losing it myself. What to do? I suddenly realised that my best outcome would be to find a dead mouse in the middle of the floor in the morning. My other options were finding no mouse and worse tracking it by smell several days later.
  6. by   prmenrs
    I'd be concerned about raw meat and bacteria--that's ok in the wild but your cat doesn't live there--she lives w/you. Even if she can handle a few E. coli, she could pass it on to you and family.

    Get a GOOD dry cat food, "weight maintanence" variety, if you read the label, it will probably have sufficient protien in it. I like Purina-One brand. You can supplement w/ ONE small can of wet food, also a good brand, per day. "Free feed" the dry food.

    Another option is baby food meats. They are very pure. When I have a sick kitty, I make a "kitty shake" with baby meat, cat sip milk, or KMR, and some rice cereal--they love it.
  7. by   prmenrs
    p.s.--see if you can get her to play w/you for a while each day.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I get my kitty some Eukanuba food for "mature" cats. She is 12 and is very sedentary. She also gets hairball treatments cause she is longhaired and gets outrageous and scary hairballs w/o it. This oily supplement seems to keep her coat shiny. On the regimen we use, she stays slim and trim, produces VERY little waste, and looks a kitty no older than 4 or 5. That and getting a kitty to PLAY like suggested will help keep weight down. WATCH what kitty eats...just like with people, kitties are what they eat. Really.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 10, '03
  9. by   LilgirlRN
    I lost a cat to obesity last year, it wasn't his fatness that killed him, it was that he got a cold and stopped eating for a few days. That will throw an overweight cat into liver failure, so please manage your cats weight. Ask your veterinarian for assistance. You definitely don't want to have one put down.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    also it is shown, cats fed raw meat more often are carriers of toxoplamosis. just a lil something to consider.
  11. by   Hidi74
    I feed my demon Purina one.....Its great. he loves it , it doesn't make him sick ( no dyes) and less POOPAGE!!! lol
  12. by   rachel h
    Try to find a "senior" formula- (usually for cats 7+ years). My 13 yr old cat used to eat his food and my younger cat's food... when we moved he was stuck with his 'senior' food and lost 2-3 lbs. I think he used to weigh 19... now he is down to 16...still fat but he's getting there!
  13. by   RNforLongTime
    How bout some antifreeze? That'll take care of that cat's obesity problem for good!
  14. by   Genista
    May seven black cats cross your path, Nurse Lou-for that antifreeze comment!

    Everyone else- Thanks for your help. You gave some good suggestions. My female kitty is 6 yrs old & I feed her Iams or Maxx cat sedentary cat/low fat forumula. But we got a new kitty about 1 year ago, and he's actually been a good influence. He adores her & chases her around the house (she dislikes him & sees him as a kid brother, but has been known to sleep with him once in awhile & even lick him). Well, our little fat cat eats her food & then eats HIS, so I think we need to monitor that more closely.But, she is more frisky since "little brother" joined the family & she will play with her toy mice & such. I will try to play with her more, too...

    Well, I came home form work tonight & my fat kitty, S., is having some trouble swallowing. She actually can eat & drink, and no respiratory problems that I can see...but is swallowing in a very pronounced way that makes me think she has a sore throat or swallowing problem. Hubby was home w/ her & says he fed her some pieces of meat. I hope that's all it is...something dry caught in her throat? This has never happened before. I tried to peek at her throat & got no visual due to her resistance (typical for cats). Gave her some butter (hoping to lubricate her esophagus), tried to get her to drink some fluids.

    Like I said, no respiratory problems, so I will just monitor overnight. She is off to the vet is the problems persist in the am. We lost a cat over a year ago from a sudden onset medical problem, and he was just shy of 10 years old.

    It's amazing how much you can love your pets. My husband & I love our cats to death. We have no kids, so they are our babies.S. is a fat cat, but I love her to pieces. She sleeps on our bed every night. She has some fun personality traits that provide us with laughter & joy. I adore her.

    Thanks for your ideas & comments!