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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by henkesboots, Jun 19, 2010.


  1. henkesboots

    henkesboots PetForums Newbie

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    Our wee cat is obsessed with eating, he just follows us around all day demanding food. He was a rescued cat and when we got him he would only eat dried food. He will rather starve than eat any tins we might give him :(

    So we have tried different types, Science Plan seems to be the best so far, we've tried Indoors, Light etc. but still he constantly demands more food and he has developed quite a paunch.

    We were thinking of getting an automatic feeder which would take his dependency off us as it is sometimes difficult to do anything around the house as he follows us looking for food. It would also help us be very strict with his portion sizes.

    If we are giving him say 55g per day, does it matter if this is over 3 meals or 2 or is there a preferred number of times he should be fed per day?

    Does anyone have any experience of an automatic feeder and and can anyone recommend a good one?

    Thanks for your help everyone :D
     
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    Colette PetForums VIP

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    Have you thought about giving the dry food in a more time consuming way - where the cat has to "work" for it?

    For example, you could put some or all of it in a treat ball. The slim cat one is very basic and is a good place to start. If the cat picks this up too quickly, my mum has a rubber dog one from pets at home for Solo (the bichon) which is about the same size, but has internal walls making it more difficult to get the food out.

    Other ideas would be putting bits into a loo roll tube and folding up the ends, inside a cardboard box, or otherwise just hiding bits around the place.

    All this will make your cat have to search for his food, and use his brain and his senses. It will increase the time it takes him to consume his daily rations, and keep him active in the process. It might also help to stop him bugging you for food, if he knows there may be some hidden round the house somewhere.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Tje

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    How old is your cat (kitten) ?

    Has he already been neutered?

    is he indoors only or does he also go outside?

    I was thinking that… well Hills is a dry food that is quite laden with fillers (bad carbs) and as in humans, bad carbs make us fat. There are dry foods that have far higher protein contents than Hills, and have far lower (or none at all) useless carbs and fillers in the them. I know Orijen is one of them. Have you considered feeding him something like this? (other brands to look for include: Arcana, Applaws, Ziwi Peak… but I am sure there are more high protein/low carb dry foods on the market).
    Your vet will never recommend these particular dry foods as vets generally only sell Hills or Royal Canin (and they’re paid a handsome commission for selling them), but honestly, these dry foods are much better than Hills and Royal Canin – and very little or difference in price.

    High protein & low carb is also what a cat’s natural diet would consist of.

    As far how often per day to feed him, that is down to you and the cat. Though with young kittens I tend to say small portions and often.

    If you feel he would benefit from having his daily portion divided over 3 or 4 meals, then go for it.

    Have you thought of exercise for him? A few minutes 2 or 3 times a day with a mouse on a string or a fishing rod toy or laser pointer will help keep him active (and hopefully hell fight the podgey belly).
     
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    henkesboots PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the advice, will deffo give them a try.

    Some more info

    He is 3, neutered and an indoor cat.

    We play with him a lot but he still doesn't seem to be losing the paunch, the hiding food idea sounds like one that might work for him, will give it a try :)

    We'll try some of those other brands too and keep you posted on results.

    Thanks again
     
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    HollyM PetForums VIP

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    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

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    I have to agree that high carbohydrate dry food is not good for a greedy indoor cat...he will get VERY fat.
    Would he eat a raw chicken wing? It takes seconds to inhale a bowl of dry food....much longer to gnaw on a chicken wing. And it will fill him up for longer than the dry.
     
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