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Overweight Indoor Cat
My cat Nico, had lost his back hing leg over the Summer. He is now on three legs, since then he has gained alot of weight. I did take him to the Vet, they didn't seem too concerned, but I still am. What food would you suggest that could help with weight loss. Before his accident, he use to be an outside cat, and now that he is always inside, I noticed that he has lost drive to play with toys, and even running is a hard obstacle for him, since he is overweight.
Poor Nico!! I had a three-legged cat once, too. It's tough for them to play when they're missing a hind leg, because they can't sit up or pivot the way they like to. Nico will have to build up his confidence and develop strategies for his new situation. To help, make sure he always has good footing when you try to get him to run or play--no uncarpeted flooring! You can also be creative about finding ways for him to play that don't require him to run or balance on his hind legs. I'd use a stuffed animal or puppet to wrestle with him (never your bare hand, as you don't want to encourage him to bite people). You can use 'Cat Dancer'-type toys and keep them close to him. You can also use the toys that are made to be stuffed with food or treats, so he has to bat them around to get the treats to fall out. Try using cat nip to exercise him, as well--most cats will roll around and all sorts of silly things if you spread a little on the floor.
As for choosing a food, it's tough to say. Most veterinarians will recommend prescription weight loss diets, because we know what's in them, and the companies guarantee that the caloric content won't change significantly from batch-to-batch. If your veterinarian does not think Nico needs a prescription diet food, ask about over-the-counter foods. If he or she doesn't have any suggestions, you can send me a list of products that are in your price range, and I'll see if I can find information on calories, nutritional value, etc for you. That information often isn't readily available--sometimes I have to call the company to find out what I need to know.
Good luck to both you and Nico!
Okay, thank you for your suggestions. I will definitely try the cat nip. As for food, I want to go organic. I found one that is Blue Organics, and what about science diet? I have seen that many times at my Vet. And I was thinking the Wellness brand as well. I also got another cat, a few months ago and they get along great. It is younger than Nico, and tries to play with Nico, but Nico is not so amused. Sometimes I catch him playing with the younger cat, but mostly Nico lays there, and actually licks the cat, almost as if he is the care giver for the young cat.
Easy, watch the in tack of food or purchase a food that has less calories. Another good item is a cat tree, they provide a lot of exercise and should help trim down chubby.
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