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Weight loss tips for a 7 month year old kitten any ideas?

May 10, 2010 by  
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Hello i have a young little kitten and unfortunately he is a little bit overweight. He is a black and white domestic short hair (DSH) and he weighs 5.6kg. He was born January 10th this year so he will be 8 months soon. I need weight loss tips because I don’t want him to be fat any tips? please?

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5 Responses to “Weight loss tips for a 7 month year old kitten any ideas?”
  1. Ken S says:

    Feed proper food for the species

    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
    Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
    Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
    from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
    Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don’t use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn’t have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
    Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
    Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
    Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php

    Please read about cat nutrition.

    Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Vets.htm
    Nutritional Education Program website page for the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Notice who they are receiving grants from for this program

  2. K B says:

    do not feed him kitten food! Its used to fatten them up. Change to a better cat food.

  3. tezzuh says:

    a 7 month year old kitten?

    i lol’d

  4. shaycos says:

    At 7 months he should be still playing a lot, don’t just look at his diet, but also encourage him to play active games, chasing balls etc. Good for you for trying to sort this before it gets out of control.

  5. Jenner says:

    dam thats a big cat for 8mnths. i would suggest feeding him a good quality weight control kibble food like science diet (despite what some may tell you, vets do not recieve any bonus for recommending/selling this product). they have instructions on the bag of what to feed your cat each day depending on its size so that it will lose weight. i would suggest splitting this amount into two meals – morning and night. once he is down to his healthy weight you can follow the instructions on the bag for maintaining his weight. he would also benefit from 2 intense play sessions with you everyday. buy or make him some new toys and rotate the ones u leave out for him so they keep his interest. a good game is to tie some feathers or ribbons one the end of a shoe lace and run around making him chase it. playing with him will also strengthen the bond between you. good luck!

    *i have fed my 3 cats science diet since they were kittens (oldest is 8 now) and have been very satisfied with how healthy my cats are for it. the only times they have been to the vet are for neutering and to get their shots. this is not because i couldnt afford it etc, its because they simply have not been sick! before these 3 i had a cat who i fed tinned food and supermarket kibble. she became diabetic at 6 years old and died at 7. i think its worth spending a bit extra for this fact.

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