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Anonymous asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

i got a fat cat..17.2 lbs.?

she is 11 years old, somewhat lazy to boot! she is on weight management food but i need to stimulate her a bit for exersise. does anybody know any great ideas to get her moving. special toys, etc. for the most part all i can get her to do is stick out her paw to grab. if she doesnt get it no prob. she just goes back to sleep.

Update:

i took her to the vet the other day and when i put her on the scale some man walking in said "oh thats a pretty cat, is she a maine coon?" OMG! thats like asking a heavy set woman when shes due!! you should have sen the hurt in her eyes......

Update 2:

her weight management food is proplan dry. first ingredient is chicken, then brewers rice. it is 46% protein. also she does get wet food as well. i give her urinary tract wet food.

Update 3:

i want to thank you all for your answers and the weight management responses will be followed through...however i gotta give the toy answer to laser man. thanks all im going to petsmart tonight for the high grade wet food and laser.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    oooooo!! Lazer pointer 4 sure!! Gets my old girl going every time. She even comes running when she hears me pick it up!!

  • 1 decade ago

    If you can't find a toy or activity that she'll do on her own, you'll have to play with her. An example would be trailing a string around the house for her to chase after.

    But a better idea is to try a weight loss plan that will actually work. The benefit of this plan for you and your cat is that it will likely help with any urinary problems she has as well.

    The key to it is to feed species appropriate food - foods that are wet, consist primarily of meat and are low in carbs. The high moisture content of wet foods is quite often all the help a cat needs to keep its urinary system healthy too.

  • Ken
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Toi get her moving she has to lose weight. There is NO SUCH THING as weight management food. It is like feeding diet cotton candy

    Start feeding proper food for the species and that means NO KITTY CRACK (dry foods)

    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health

    Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.

    Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrediant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?

    http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Read_a_Pet_Fo...

    http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/P...

    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms

    The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in

    Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.

    http://www.catinfo.org/#My_Cat_is_Doing_Just_Fine_...

    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.

    THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPOODUCTS NO MEAL

    Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters

    Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.

    Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php

    Please read about cat nutrition.

    http://www.catinfo.org/

    http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm

    http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food...

    Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/P...

  • Kat
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Cats are all different, just like humans and other animals.

    A large built big boned cat will weigh more than a small boned petite cat. I have big and tall built cats that are a muscular and healthy 19 pounds... and on the other end of the scale I have a teeny tiny boned cat who weighs in at a meer 7 pounds yet she is at a healthy weight as well. Based on their individual body structures I could never compare them. It's best to assess your cats weight by it's body condition and not compared to other cats.

    Here's a chart to help you do that...

    http://www.purina.com/cats/health/BodyCondition.as...

    Once you determine if your cat is overweight, you need to be aware that there is NO such thing as dry "diet" food for cats. Dry foods are filled with carbs that make your cat fat. You can't make a dry food without carbs, so there are no dry diet foods.

    The proper amount to feed per cat/per day should be about 5.5 ounces of wet (high quality grain free canned or Raw Meat/Bones/Organ) food.

    The calories in that amount of food are sufficient for most "normal" sized cats. Of course a highly energetic cat will need more food to keep it healthy, and a lazy cat will need less food to keep it from getting obese. But 5.5 ounces of wet food per day is a good place to start.

    Here is a fantastic site that will help you help your cat lose weight!

    http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm

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  • 1 decade ago

    play with her as much as you can, try to get her to play or run around a couple of times a day

  • 1 decade ago

    get a remte controled car, a cheap one in case she doesnt use it. or, get a flash light, and in the dark, turn it on and move it around.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    haha obese cats...u made my day woman!

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