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Vol. 1, No. 13
If a cat is able to eat some food on his/her own, additional essential calories can be provided by using a high-calorie supplement. I've tried the standard high calorie thick gels from the pet stores and my cats won't touch them... even the healthy cats don't like them so I'm always keeping a look out for alternate products.
This week I stumbled across an appetite stimulant called "Quick Start." Here is the description:
I read that it actually tastes good.
Last week we discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of canned-food diets, and this week we'll look at dry foods. Remember; I'm not taking a position that promotes one or the other as best, because I can find no scientific research to support such a claim. And I'll declare (again) that my research is based on standards-setting resources: Vets, pet food manufacturers, and veterinary colleges.
For a variety of reasons, many pet-parents prefer a dry-food diet for their cat, and there is logic to support it, same as with canned food diets. But as with any chosen direction, there are ups and downs with a dry-food diet.
Click for more information about dry cat food diets.
First of all, please say hello to the legendary Fluffy! Initially, I asked my Angel Lewie if he'd like to be our symbolic article kitty Doors creaked, the rafters shook, my spaghetti sauce burned; apparently he was declining my generous offer. So we have a real Fluffy now, and isn't she a beauty? She's an Angel, but her parents (Linda and Bill Fischbach) have assured me that she's delighted with her new role as our mascot.
Sooner or later, Doc is going to tell us something we don't want to hear, and the immediate thought will be: "This guy is nuts! Fluffy's not that sick; I'm getting another opinion." It's certainly the right thing to do in some circumstances, but before you tell Fluffy to put her clothes back on and go get in the car, let's have a deeper look at how disastrous (or life-saving) your emotional decision might be.
Oh, one thing before we proceed: The rest of this article was sort of co-written by one of our very own members... Pam Norman. So if you have complaints, or if you find blatant errors, I expect you to lay the blame squarely on Pam, okay? As you know, I rarely make miss takes.
Click HERE to see when, and why --or if-- we should consider a second veterinary opinion...
In today's diet world, we are led to believe that we can lose weight overnight without even really trying. People want instant results. And people want instant results for their cats, too!
To help your cat lose weight, be prepared to be patient. It can take 6 months to a year for a cat to reach ideal weight. Yes! It can take THAT long so don't be in a rush.
Set the 1st goal to be 85% of your cat's current weight. For example, if your cat weighs 18 pounds, multiply 18 by 0.85 and you get 15.3 pounds. That's a loss of 2.7 pounds. Next, determine how long that should take: To protect your cat's health, don't let your cat lose more than 1/2 of a pound per month. So expect that losing those 2.7 pounds will take about 5 and a half to 6 months (2.7 divided by 0.5 = 5.4). That may seem like a long time, but it's certainly worth it!
After your cat reaches the 1st goal weight, set the 2nd goal weight by repeating the step above. Day-by-Day, Month-by-Month and Year-by-Year... you and your cat can be successful by remembering not to rush expectations and by being consistent.
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