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Discussion in 'Cat Nutrition' started by DrizzleOfSalt, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. DrizzleOfSalt

    DrizzleOfSalt Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    My uncle and I randomly had an argument over the cat's food and he claimed that I'm starving them. I own two cats and feed them both a little bit more than 1/2 a cup of Dr. Elsey's Dry, feed them each a can of Fancy Feast, and some Purebites
     

  2. DrizzleOfSalt

    DrizzleOfSalt Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    *cats'
     

  3. lalagimp

    lalagimp TCS Member Top Cat

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    Depends on how big your cats are and how big that can of fancy feast is. I put down 1/8-1/4 cup dr elseys each day with a 5.5 oz can Nature's Variety Instinct. The 2 girls are both around 9.5 lbs.
     
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  4. DrizzleOfSalt

    DrizzleOfSalt Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    The cans are 3 oz and one of my cats is around 8-9 lbs and the other is overweight
     

  5. DrizzleOfSalt

    DrizzleOfSalt Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    The overweight cat has to be around 10-12 lbs but is around 20 lbs
     

  6. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I don't recall if I mentioned this to you before, but if you lightly feel the ribs, you want to detect a thin layer of fat. That's the body condition you want.
    Are you working with a vet on how to gently get the heavy cat to lose weight as necessary?
     
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  7. maggiedemi

    maggiedemi TCS Member Top Cat

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    Is that half a cup of dry food each or do they split it?
     
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  8. lalagimp

    lalagimp TCS Member Top Cat

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    Ah. When Tom was almost 21 lbs, he was supposed to be 13 so he was placed on 225 calories per day and we did that for four years. He had to eat his meals separately.
     
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  9. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    It's probably enough. Dr Elsey's dry food has 544 calories per cup, so 1/4 cup would be 136 calories. And 1 can of pate Fancy Feast is usually around 90 calories, so that would be about 225 calories per day, which is plenty for a 10-12 pound cat (or cat who is supposed to be 10-12 pounds, lol). Might actually be a bit much, so if you don't see the results you want, you could cut back a bit.

    Just tell your uncle the dry food is super high in calories so it's fine.
     
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