Hi, this is my cat Bongo. He is a 20 pounds and about 3 years old. I have no clue what the average weight is for this type of cat and i am trying to get him to lose weight but every thing ive tried hasn’t worked. Any avice?
I’ll give you my short answer and then refer to some page on PoC 😉
Bongo – great name by the way and it suits him – needs to eat less and exercise more! That sounds a bit patronising or silly but it is the solution.
No criticism intended but Bongo would be described as “obese” by a veterinarian. He should be nearer 10 pounds if he is a standard sized cat. He looks like a fairly large cat, actually, so 12-15 pounds might be acceptable.
There are diet cat foods on the market. However, some of them are dry cat foods and I think dry cat foods can make cats fat because they encourage eating.
I’d fed a high quality wet cat food and regulate intake. The change should be gentle but the program should be tough. “Cruel to be Kind” is the motto. And much less in the way of treats such as human food, which I presume he gets some of.
The problem of Bongo being obese is really about you and not him. You dictate what he eats and how much he eats. You’ll have to try and be more disciplined. Bongo will moan and ask for more but when you don’t give it to him he won’t hold a grudge or hate you for it. He’ll just lose weight and be healthier.
Diets and change of food should be a gentle process so he can adjust. If he goes out make sure he is not time sharing at other places and eating food put down for other cats.
Here are some pages on the subject:
Cat Obesity – lots of links to stuff of various kinds.
Why is it hard to slim an overweight cat? – this page may be helpful.