my fat cat
(newton falls, ohio, USA)
her doing what she loves lol
If you could, tell me how many times a day should i feed my cat? she is a orange tabby and weighs 17 lbs and is 3 years old. im feeding her mostly wet food and no treats (she doesnt seem to care for them) She begs all the time and i hate to ignore her. She needs to lose around 3 pounds according to my vet. she loves to play but usually only if i play with her or she looses interest pretty fast. I try to space out her feedings and give her only a little at a time around 6 times in a 24 hour period. any suggestions? i made a donation because i know your time is valuable. Thanks ahead of time!
Answer by KAte
Oh she is a big girl isn't she.
the rule is usually between two and three meals a day. But I know some cats prefer lot of smaller meals throughout the day rather than three bigger ones, (my own cat for example)
With your cat your vet should have perhaps advised if there were any particular lower calorie brands of cat food available, if not then roughly how much she needs to eat to be able to lose weight over time.
Often fat cats find it hard to loose weight because their bodies have got used to the amount of food given (even if it is the correct amount) against the level of activity they do and hangs onto fat.
the key is regular every day running around games with your cat EVERY DAY perhaps just before meal times. if this is kept up over a long period of time the cats metabolism will change and start to burn calories even when inactive (same as us humans).
Always follow the food guidance on the side of the can when feeding.
But Scott you will have to be strong too if she is to loose weight, no more giving into crying and begging and regular playing.
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