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Russian blue feeding amounts

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Maximusthorpimus, May 22, 2019.


  1. Maximusthorpimus

    Maximusthorpimus PetForums Newbie

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    We recently got a 6 yr Russian blue. He's about the size of a small dog and weighs about 10kg.

    We aren't sure how much dry food to feed him or wet food.

    We normally mix in the dry and wet for both his breakfast and dinner.

    We are just worried we aren't feeding him enough. Any advice?
     
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    carly87 PetForums VIP

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    A 10 KG Russian Blue? They're supposed to be petite cats, so yours is either overweight, not a Russian, or an amazing anomaly! The amount you feed should be determined by whether he's overweight or not. Have you body condition scored him?
     
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  3. Maximusthorpimus

    Maximusthorpimus PetForums Newbie

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    Body condition score? He's a huge cat so I don't think he's over weight. When I say huge I mean his length. He's about the length of my arm not including his tail. He has to have an large litter tray and even that looks about small for him.
     
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    Maximusthorpimus PetForums Newbie

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    He also has to use a small dog harness as cat harnesses are too smal
     
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    Maximusthorpimus PetForums Newbie

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    Not sure if you can see how long he is there
     

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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    He does look like a very large cat - he's long in the body as you say, but he looks quite chunky around the belly area, at least in your photo.

    How much are you feeding him a day?

    Dry food is very high in carbs and is fattening so I'd reduce the dry food to a small amount a day and feed him mainly wet food. A good quality food that is low carbs, grain free and high in meat protein (not veg protein). He may need around 350 grams a day of wet food (but only once you have reduced the dry food).

    If you would like ideas for suitable foods, you may like to look at the pinned thread on here giving the carb content levels of the good quality foods from Zooplus (where many of us buy our cat foods).

    https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads...-just-the-good-stuff-work-in-progress.440844/

    I'd go for foods that are less than 10% carbs.

    For dry food, the lowest in carbs is Thrive which you can buy from Pets at Home, or Amazon UK

    https://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/...ntPage=1&pageSize=24&orderBy=1&Brand="Thrive"
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    He looks long, but podgy as well. Russians are 'a medium-sized breed', suspect if you condition score him he will be somewhat overweight.

    Weigh him once a week, cut out the dry food and gradually switch to good-quality grain-free wet - lots of choices at ZooPlus, mine get Cats Finefoods. On a wet diet not many cats will overeat, though if you feed lots of treats you can over-feed.
     
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    Maximusthorpimus PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for the advice, what about the Sheba wet food? Or the wellness core tins?

    He has a bit of a saggy belly, I think he may have been overweight in the past but I don't think he is now.

    So no dry food and 350g a day in wet food?
     
  9. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    350 grams a day is a rough guide. He may need more than that or he may eat less, once he is off the dry food. Be guided by him.

    A saggy belly can be due to what is known as a primordial pouch. Many cats have this feature. It may have been exaggerated in your cat if he was overweight at some point and stored a lot of fat in his pouch.

    http://news.petmeds.com/news/common-pet-conditions/why-do-many-cats-have-a-saggy-belly/

    His tummy should feel quite squashy most of the time, it should not feel hard or stretched like a drum.
     
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    Arny PetForums Senior

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    I can find it harder body condition scoring cats over dogs but this should give you an idea.
     
  11. Maximusthorpimus

    Maximusthorpimus PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks to both of you. I think he is between a 5 or 6 but I'm not great at telling. He's rather greedy so we don't want to over feed him
     
  12. Maximusthorpimus

    Maximusthorpimus PetForums Newbie

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    What do you reckon?
     

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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Well, I'd say more like a 7 looking at him from the back view in your 2nd photo. He does seem a bit tubby around the middle area. He is only 6 yrs old so quite a young cat still, so I would expect him to look quite lithe and muscular. Does he go outdoors and get plenty of exercise?

    You don't want to overfeed him as you say, but bear in mind any weight loss must be very gradual (no more than about one or 2 ounces a week) or there is a danger of him becoming very ill with liver lipidosis.

    Can you work out how much you're feeding him at present (using scales to weigh the dry food) and added to the pouches of wet food, so at least you have a starting point to go from.
     
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