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My fat cat :(

Discussion in 'Cat Discussion' started by Vic70ri4, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. Vic70ri4

    Vic70ri4 Puppy

    Tucker is my 3 year old "slightly" overweight indoor only short haired kitty. Since transitioning from kitten food in 2012, Tucker has the problem of over eating. In a house with two cats monitoring food intake is a little hard but we do our best. 1/2 - 1 cup daily for each cat, but occasionally we'll catch one sneaking the others meal.
    Tuckers last appointment he was 4 lbs over weight, coming in at a total weight of 16 lbs. that was over 8 months ago, and since I have switched his food to a low calorie line of natural balance, called Fat Cat. Previously he was eating LId grain free natural balance turkey and sweet potato I believe? Since being on the Fat Cat he has remained 16 lbs and developed crystals/urinary blockage (he is currently at the vet getting unblocked now). I know when he comes home adding wet food to his diet is no longer an option it has to happen.
    So I am looking for some suggestions on foods to avoid/recommendations? Also is it possible that the amount this low calorie fat cat food is processed caused his issues with crystals and the blockage?
  2. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Super Moderator

    There are several different potential causes, diet being one, others include stress and primary diseases leading to blockages.

    I will tell you that urinary blockages are serious. Out of the 4 I've seen so far, 3 of them were so far gone by the time they got to the clinic that they passed away within two days. Hopefully you caught it early.

    Your vet will probably try to get you on a vet diet designed to dissolve crystals. Whether or not you choose to do so is up to you.
  3. Vic70ri4

    Vic70ri4 Puppy

    Yeah we caught it pretty early. He will be ready to come home Saturday. HE didn't have visible crystals in his ultrasound/X-ray but he was definitely blocked up. My vet isn't too pushy on the veterinary diets, they give tons of alternative options to just pushing the science diets etc. I'm struggling to find something that isn't going to put him more over weight/and keep crystals from becoming a reoccurring problem...
  4. ruffiangirl

    ruffiangirl Little Dog

    My older cat developed crystals about a month and a half ago, he had started peeing in sinks. so off to the vet, special food, and a month later still peeing in sinks. So I took the vets advice and added a third litter box, we only have two cats, and have never had an extra litter box in this cats life, and he's 6, he has not peed in a sink since and his crystals are gone.

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  5. Vic70ri4

    Vic70ri4 Puppy

    We had two litter boxes for awhile about a year ago, one was untouched for about 4 months so we picked it up haven't used it since. I will try adding a second box again.
  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    I'm afraid to ask but can we see a picture of the evil cat? LOL!
  7. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    I've always heard that you should have one more litter box than number of cats...I imagine if you're having issues, this could help (but otherwise, I can't bring myself to have 3 litter boxes in my house).

    I did a bunch of research on cat food a couple years back when one of my cats was diagnosed with diabetes. Turns out, friskies (pat*) was our best option. He is officially not diabetic any more, though we still check his blood sugar every once in a while to make sure he's maintaining.

    Most cats like to free feed because they can eat up to 20 small meals a day. But in order to properly monitor the previously diabetic cat and the other heftier cat we have to do set meal times. Also, they're fed separately. That may be something you have to consider :/
  8. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Cats should be fed wet food, period. They are obligate carnivores and also designed to get all of their moisture from their diet, they don't naturally have a strong thirst response. The amount of carbs in dry food when they are made to handle no carbs means fat kitties more prone to diabetes and other issues. The lack of moisture means their kidneys and bladder get wrecked trying to compensate so that's why you see so much kidney disease and urinary tract issues. Most "low calorie" food is just loaded with carb fillers (nowadays pea protein is in a lot of foods and has been linked to one type of stones also), if you want your cat to lose weight get him on a low carb, high protein wet food. Unfortunately once the damage is done from poor diet, it's much harder to solve. If he will eat a raw diet that would be ideal. Check out catinfo.org.
  9. Vic70ri4

    Vic70ri4 Puppy

    Oh shoot I don't think the picture worked. I worded in my orginal post wrong, I meant to say wet food is no longer just an option. He needs to be on wet food.* and I'm def going to try adding a litter box to help solve problems. You think wet food will also help keep his weight down?
  10. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Super Moderator

    Can you schedule feed rather than free-feeding? Especially with wet food, it'll need to be eaten soon after being put down. That way you can monitor intake as well.
  11. Vic70ri4

    Vic70ri4 Puppy

    Yeah I'm going to give scheduled feedings with wet food a shot, and see how that goes once I get him home also setting up a second litter box this evening. I'll start with the other cat tonight into tomorrow. Thanks for all the help guys! I really appreciate it!
  12. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    I would get rid of all dry food immediately and feed both cats on schedule. If he's currently 16lbs, feed him the amount of food needed for a 14 or 15lb cat. I generally do 20-25 calories per pound of body weight. Four pounds is a huge amount of extra weight on a cat.
    Dry food really has no place in a cat's diet, it is only about owner convenience. A cat will never drink enough to balance the lack of moisture in dry foods so they are almost always in a state of dehydration. A cat eating 1/2 cup- 1 cup of dry food a day would need to drink 3/4-1 1/2 cups of water to get the moisture their body needs, and that just won't ever happen.
    I would find a wet food that he really likes and use that to start the transition to raw.

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  13. pawner69

    pawner69 Puppy

    I also have a 14-year-old, 23-pound, diabetic "fat cat" whom I adore. When he was first diagnosed as a diabetic out vet recommended catinfo.org for feeding suggestions and diet information. He is still fat but doing great on wet low carb food. Good luck!



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  14. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    23lb cat? Holy chit!
  15. Vic70ri4

    Vic70ri4 Puppy

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    Theres that picture I tried to upload from my phone and failed miserably. He came home around 3pm today :) which I was super excited about. Right now he is temporarily (3-4 weeks) on the Urinary Science Diet, trying both wet and dry foods. Not too fond of the wet but we are putting it down and mixing them together, taking the steps to feed him a wet diet. he has been drinking a little water. He's having some issues straining still, along with blood, I've been incontact with the vet since he has been home and i noticed straining/she had called to check up on him. Thank you everyone for suggesting catinfo.org I'll be reading some more off of that site. :)

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  16. ruffiangirl

    ruffiangirl Little Dog

    I also got my cats one of the water dishes that's a fountain and have seen them migrate to drinking from it instead of the dogs water dish.

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  17. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    ^^^ Was just going to suggest this. My cats seem to migrate toward the fresh running water and I noticed an increase in their drinking habits when I bought my fountains.

    However, OP, if you could, I second the transition to raw. If not, definitely do the wet food. Not trying to suggest a fountain in place of those two critical pieces of advice. Just wanted to suggest the fountain as a secondary to the wet food to possibly further increase water intake.

    Vibes to your boy. He is beautiful.
  18. Vic70ri4

    Vic70ri4 Puppy

    Working on wet food with one of the two cats, Tucker is back at the vet blocked again as of Sunday. Haven't even had a chance to try wet at home with him yet he's been there for days. :( and only eating dry cd there

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