Spayed get only eating dry food. Help!

Aafia Ijaz

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So one of my spayed cats (9 months old) has stopped eating boiled chicken since 2 months. She only wants to eat dry food. I can't afford canned food and i prefer giving her boiled chicken at least once a day. I've tried mixing the chicken and cat food, tried giving her chicken broth only but nothing works. How can i make her eat boiled chicken again? She used to to eat it when she was much younger. I am afraid she might start gaining weight if she only eats dry food. I give her royal canin hairball care
 

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Plain chicken by itself is not balanced, so the RC is at least a balanced formulation of what she needs. If you can only feed the dry, I would not eliminate it. Supermarket canned food would be a good addition to her diet; it does not have to be a premium brand.
 

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The dry cat food alone is enough for your cat nutritionally. Cooked chicken is ok only up to 10% of the diet. Any more than that results in an unbalanced diet which may result in nutritional deficiencies and health issues.

To prevent weight gain, feed your cat the appropriate amount of calories daily and have plenty of play time. One general suggestion is 20 to 25 calories per pound of body weight daily. Dry food is very calorie dense, like a fast food burger with the works plus extra large fries and a large milkshake. Royal Canin Hairball dry food contains 338 calories per measured cup. How much does your cat weigh? A 10 pound cat may need between 200 to 250 calories daily. Royal Canin also makes a canned hairball formula food which would be better health-wise for your cat.

Are there any other brands of cat food available where you are? Royal Canin generally isn't considered a very good brand due to the poor quality ingredients.
 
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But I've read almost everywhere that spayed and neutered cats don't need a lot of calories since their entry level decreases by 50%. Also, my other cat is spayed i feed her twice a day, she gets 4 tbs for dry good daily and boiled chicken with broth at night. Is it balanced?
Yes, we have reflex here. Is it a good brand?
 

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4 tablespoons of dry food daily? That's hardly any food at all for a cat's tummy even with the chicken added. Is your cat at a good body weight?

Neutered and spayed cats might not need as many calories as intact cats but they should still eat enough calories daily to maintain body weight.

I am not familiar with Reflex cat food. I did find the web site: Products - Reflex The dry foods aren't very good, full of grains and gluten and a mysterious "processed animal protein". The canned, tray, and pouched wet foods are somewhat better.
 

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Hello,
I would add balanced wet food to your cats diet. Dry can easier lead to weight gain as very carb heavy.
 
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