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Took some digging but finally found the kibble ball

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It also comes in pink.

No luck at PetSmart.com

But here it is at PetSafe's web site

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One thing to watch out for on automatic feeders, like those that can be programmed to move one spot every 12 hours is whether the tray can be moved backwards. A friend's cats quickly figured out they could paw it backwards in order to get to the food ahead of schedule.

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6/24/12 12:42 P

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My cats have been fat in the past and used to scream for food until I switched from the basic brands of food to the premium ones (without meat by products and loaded with cheap fillers). I think the cheaper brands unfortunately are so loaded with junk that it makes them crave food. My vet wants me to feed mine wet food but mine love dry... so I give them a small handful in the morning knowing they'll eat it up and during the day and at night I'll give them just enough to have a small treat. I used to fill the bowl up and that made them fat even with the higher priced foods. i like this way because they aren't that deprived and they don't get fat. I also tied strings to my exercise bikes and they like playing with that while I'm working out. (I dangle it in front of them etc.) I also placed tables, hampers, etc. that they could jump up on and look out the window so even my 17 year old cat gets more exercise.

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6/20/12 8:44 P

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My cats went in for their annual check up this morning (I had to flip over a loveseat to get Maggie May out so I could catch her and put her in her carrier! LOL!) They did well, though and were perfect angels while the vet was examining them.

Maggie May weighed 11 lbs. something but is fairly slender, so she's okay. Alice weighed 14lbs 12 oz., which is a gain of about a pound since last year. The vet didn't say anything about her being overweight, but I don't want her to gain any more. (I suspect that the new habit of giving them both some wet food for breakfast--so Maggie can get her medicine in it--may have contributed, since I give Alice some wet too). I'm going to try to make sure that she gets a lot more exercise and see. I like the idea of a 'kibble ball'. I wonder if PetSmart has them.

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5/30/12 12:18 A

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Also, some cats simply need less food due to metabolic differences.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)


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Check Petco.com for a kibble ball. I forget just what they call it, but it's plastic ball you fill kibble. The openings are adjustable. To get any, kitty must paw or nose the ball along until some kibble falls out.

Edited by: PSALM22 at: 6/2/2012 (02:02)
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5/29/12 7:42 A

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Tubby (aka Rory) is just as fat as ever on the grain-free diet. (Everyone else is thriving on it.)

I'm going to find one of those bowls a correspondent below mentioned, that forces the cat to paw out the food one kibble at a time.

Unfortunately I don'd have a good high shelf to feed CeeCee from -- I don't want to encourage cats on kitchen counters. Bleah. Rory can get to the bathroom counter (pull himself up to toilet seat, pull himself up onto counter). We'll just have to see if she adapts.



Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

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8/1/11 12:10 A

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My cat Mabel is quite fat. She weighs 16 pounds, and the vet said she should weigh closer to 6-8 pounds. She was 12 pounds when I got her. She was checked out by the vet and no issues were found. I put her on weight control food and she continued to gain weight. The vet said, "Ok, she's just fat. Let her be." Maybe I'm just in denial, but I don't think she looks fat, just big. Maybe she's part bobcat. emoticon

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7/24/11 11:07 A

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The air horn sounds like a great idea.

Anyhow, they are being transitioned to a grain-free life. It's still mostly dry food, but the two cats that try to get me up at 3 am are now given a large scoop of canned grain free just before I go to bed, and are left in the bathroom overnight. This doesn't seem to bother them, and they settle down for the night.

I bet Tubby will slim down a bit more soon. His sister is currently curled in my lap as I type.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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7/22/11 3:05 P

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There's another thread here "Great article" or something like that about cat nutrition. I highly recommend going to the website: catinfo.org. That being said, we had a fat cat. Switched to a grain free diet (still free feed) and she's trimmed down. As long as your cat is healthy, there is no reason to give them foods with grain in them. Also, wet food is better for them (you can research the catinfo website to find out why).

Good luck to everyone who's trying to slim down their cat and themselves at the same time!

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7/13/11 9:09 A

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For a trick to get your cat to not bother you or the door in the middle of the night(or at least not scratch), there's a trick I saw on My Cat from Hell on Animal planet. You can get what's basically an air horn that shoots out the air without the noise. Eventually they decide in order to avoid the sudden burst of air, they leave the door alone. Might help with the scratching, and doesn't hurt the cat.

I live with the family and we have our four children: the dog that does need to lose weight, but Mom doesn't agree, and the three cats. One is definitely chubby and addicted to treats. So much that she will steal them from the other kitties. We made a game out of the treats and make her at least walk to them around the house. Our old guy is an average weight. He's about ten pounds which is only a little extra weight on him. Then there's mine, that could use some more. We started feeding her canned food to help the weight gain. Vet said in our situation since they do at least level out between the three of them, it's perfectly normal(except the dog, that just eats whatever is available, including cat food).


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7/10/11 12:56 P

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I have a fat cat too, made all the worse by the fact that he knows how to open folding doors (like the pantry where food is kept). When we tried reducing his food he would eat without chewing, and so fast that he would make himself sick, so the vet suggested I switch to Purina Overweight Management to control his carb intake as well as calories, without having to reduce the quantity of food too much. It's perscription food, but doesn't cost any more than what he was eating before, so I don't mind. To control how fast he eats I got him a special bowl, where he has to put his paw in and pull out a piece of kibble or two at a time. The pantry has a makeshift "lock" now, so he can't get in, and the food bowl for my other kitty is kept on a high shelf, so she can jump to it but he is having a harder time... and is not so subtle trying!
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7/7/11 11:46 A

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okay. I've been trying to train him to meow instead of scratch, since I don't really want to replace the door. However either option means he wakes me up, wanting food.

He''s been checked out by the vet. She recommends he lose weight. He's 5 years old (I got him and his sister last year because the previous owners went into foreclosure and lost their home, and had to move to a cat-unfriendly apartment. (They didn't have much choice on places to live because their daughter is somewhere between Aspbergers and autism, and need social services for her.)

Okay, THIS was where I was a softie. I took them in (he and his sister) one day before they were scheduled to go to the pound -- and no no-kill shelters were available.

He has lost two pounds since arriving, but is definitely still a tub of lard.

Yes, he has a bed and toys. He usually hangs out on the cat bed I have on the sofa (in a sorry attempt to minimize cat hairs on said object, to perhaps help a few cat-allergic friends of mine), or he hangs out in the picture window window sill, when he is resting.





Edited by: CEDARBARK1 at: 7/7/2011 (11:49)
Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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7/7/11 10:49 A

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Unfortunately, you just have to put up with it. He will get used to it after a while and will calm down.

Does he have his own bed/toys/place to go to hang out when you're sleeping?

Trust me: He'll adjust. Just get him checked regularly by his vet as you reduce his food intake to make sure he's not sick/getting sick.

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7/7/11 9:56 A

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Re fat cats: I have one really obese cat.

I do have a hard heart and am perfectly willing to cut his rations back, but I do like to sleep at night. He wakes me up every night around three am if he thinks he doesn't have enough food to last him until I waken. If you shut him out of the room, he scratches the door -- frankly, I don't feel like ignoring that so that I have a door to replace when I want to move in about a year.

Suggestions? Duck tape his paws? (NO, only kidding... but at 3 am one's mind wanders down dark alleys)

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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7/1/11 9:35 A

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Sandy, that would not surprise me. I've seen that happen in our house. Doesn't happen as much as it used to, fortunately.

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I have 3 cats. Midnite is the fat cat. The other 2 could stand to gain. It won't be easy but I guess I could feed the 2 smaller ones in a separate room and ration out carefully what I give Midnite. I suspect the other 2 have trouble getting enough food because Midnite eats it all.

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6/23/11 2:37 P

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Mine too. Come 9am or 9pm they all come a calling. In the morning it is annoying, but we all need to eat right?

We call my big boy "MacDonalds" even though his real name is Smokie.

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Baxter is a large cat too. We measure his food out and give it to him 3 times a day. If your friend gives it time, he won't bother her as much. Baxter has times where he wants to eat constantly, but we just ignore it. It gets easier for both. He does know exactly when it's meal time though and will make sure to let you know. We also had him checked out to make sure there wasn't any other issues going on with him.

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6/22/11 9:10 A

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My cat was starting to put on weight; she's 9. I started giving her adult dry cat food....1/4 cup at breakfast but a little less...like -12 pcs. At lunch time, when I eat, I take those 12 pcs. and we play a game with them. I will throw them from the fam. room to the end of the kitchen and she loves it!! She runs and even bats them further!! She's looking great and very frisky too!!

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6/18/11 11:05 A

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I'm with Laurie: Make sure they get him checked out. Two things that come to mind immediately are diabetes and hyperthyroidism. (I have 2 hyper-T cats, and I had a diabetic cat in the past.) You want to make sure to treat the underlying cause of his issues and make sure he does not become sick if he's not already.

Also, the bottom line is they just can't give in. We are all here trying to lose weight. How often does our inner hunger demon yell at us? How often do we resist to stay healthy?

I'm a big softie for my cats, too, but I learned a long time ago that sometimes you just have to say "no." That said, they don't want to just cut him off at some ridiculously small amount of food. They need step back gradually. If they free feed, the first step would be to stop leaving the food out and maybe feed 2-3 times/day. We feed twice a day in my house, and it works out OK.

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Edited by: MACKANDME at: 6/18/2011 (11:20)
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6/18/11 10:39 A

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Get him checked out by a vet including blood work to make there's no physical issue first. Then there are foods out there formulated for overweight animals. She can try one of those. But the bottom line is, she's just going to have to harden her heart and not give in. Part of the cat's problem is, like humans, he's in the habit of overeating, so he thinks he's hungry when he really shouldn't be. The only way to break a habit like that is to just stop allowing it. Providing him with lots of attention and toys and active playtime should help too.

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My kitty started eating like a horse and putting on weight after she was spayed. I've got her on Royal Canin Light and it seems to work, little by little. I measure out her ration throughout the day.

For a treat, instead of food I give her catnip. And of course, exercise! She's still young so she likes to tear around, and now that the weather is nicer she can go out in the back yard which helps too.


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Hi, I know a very fat cat, he's male but he's so fat he looks like a heavily pregnant female.

His owners have tried putting him on diet but he keeps mewing and begging for food. The problem is, his owner has a soft heart and every time he begs for food, she gives in, which is why the 'diet' is not succeeding.

Any advice?



 
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