Diet plan advice requested for a fat cat!

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She’s extremely affectionate and talkative while I prepare the food, rubbing on me, purring, and meowing. She’ll also lick my legs or whatever she can reach. Both bites have occurred within thirty minutes after she finished eating. I’m not sure if she wants more or she’s so excited and worked up over eating. She’s extremely food motivated.

After she bit me last night and I yelled, she hid under a chair then isolated herself in her bed for about 3-4 hours before coming up to me and purring. I’m not totally convinced it was a peace offering as much as a more polite request for additional food.

Saving money is definitely something I’m interested in. She’s starting to eat better than I do!
Ah, I misread it then, I thought she bit you while you were preparing the food. If it was after then yeah that was different. Did she break the skin or was it just a little harder than her normal "love bites"? My hangry Cat will occasionally act like that after eating too, but with her it's really hard to tell what's causing it since she is easily overstimulated and has redirected aggression issues.

Pets eating better than people isn't all that uncommon, I mean I spend almost $200 a month on food for my 4 Cats and less than half that on my own food.
 
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Did she break the skin or was it just a little harder than her normal "love bites"? My hangry Cat will occasionally act like that after eating too, but with her it's really hard to tell what's causing it since she is easily overstimulated and has redirected aggression issues.
4 punctures both times, drawing blood and bruising the surrounding skin. They’re not terribly deep but painful and I’ve been vigilant about cleaning them and watching for infection. I’ve been bitten worse by my dwarf hamster, frankly, but I believe the infection rates are much lower. Strange that both bites have been after her second meal of the day.
 

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I have a chonky cat too she demands noms at 4 am with impromptu wake up call but i feed mine 2 times a day morning and night
 
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A lot of changes this week:
  • Sophia weighed in at 17.2 lbs, which was expected. She was fed two 3 oz cans of Merrick’s Purrfect Bistro per day and about 0.7 oz of Tiki Cat After Dark at night to test how it affected her stomach. She was also getting a freeze dried Vital Essentials minnow or Simply Nourish shrimp about every other day for a low cal high protein treat. She is now completely grain free!
  • I added a second litter box and Sophia has taken to it easily. She has now gone from only going once every 24-30 hours to about 2-3x per day. I moved her high sided box to the new location and got a jumbo sized one for the old location. Still using World’s Best litter, as we like it well enough.
  • Forgot to report this a week ago, but her daily coughing fit has stopped! I purchased an air purifier, removed grains from her diet, but also gave her 1/8 TSP of canned pumpkin every other day for a week and saw a small amount of fur pass in her stool. I’m not sure which of these factors helped more, but I’m happy to report no more painful sounding cough!
  • I began giving her 2 daily Cosequin capsules 4 weeks ago and have noticed significant improvement. She runs and even jumps for some toys. The stance of her back legs has changed too, from toes pointing outward to more forward. There’s less sway in her gait, too. I think I’m going to give her 6 weeks on the full dose then taper down to once daily for maintenance.
  • Sophia is now free to roam the house at night instead of sleeping in the closed bedroom with me. I will sadly have to part with some of my favorite house plants since she can’t be left alone with them, but it’s nice to not have paws banging on the door to get out. I think this contributed to her litter box hesitation — she was afraid to go into the bedroom to use the box in case she got closed in for hours. Originally, I didn’t want to leave her unsupervised with the fish tanks and hamster, but I think she has gotten used to them and realizes she has no hope of hunting them. Unfortunately, she has started to meow for attention some random nights, but it’s easy enough to ignore.
Thank you for reading!
 

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Update:
  • Sophia weighed in at 17.1 lbs! I have not reduced her calories any further, but she has been getting much more exercise this week. I bought her some new pom pom toys that she is utterly in love with and pushes down the stairs like a slinky. She’s been going up and down the stairs about 10-15 times a day! Which brings me to...
  • The pom poms have been shedding short 2 inch pieces of tinsel everywhere, and apparently Sophia ingested some. I heard her making some noise in the litter box and while she went just fine, there were some pieces of tinsel sticking out of her poop. I then took all the pom poms and pulled the tinsel out, but she’s much less enchanted with them now. I don’t think they move the same way.
  • She also had a brief coughing spell on Saturday, which may or may not be related to the tinsel. She is still eating and using the box, but I’m keeping an eye on things.
  • We also had a bite attempt earlier in the week on Wednesday. :( I was 10 minutes late getting her breakfast and she followed me into the bathroom. She started licking my bare foot, I moved it away, and she lunged to bite. I yelled and she left the bathroom. Thankfully this one didn’t break the skin, but can’t I even get some peace on the toilet?! This at least establishes a pattern in the last few bites: in proximity to mealtime, provoked by removing the foot she was licking.
  • I’ve attached a photo of her from the day I got her compared to this week. Even though she’s still big, I’m shocked at how much she has slimmed down.
 

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Thank you for a good update! Hopefully that tinsel does not cause further issues and you can find a replacement that works for her :)
 
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