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Unread 07-23-2009   #1 (permalink)
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My cat Floofa...she's a big girl.. has been big since she was a kitten. She just likes to eat a lot! She has been like that since she was a kitten. Always the first at the cat bowl, pushing her brothers and sisters away and trying to eat up their food. Now that she is older she still likes to eat a lot, 4-5 times a day. Now that she is getting older. She's about 5 years old now I am getting a little concerned about her eating habits. I feed her 1 can of wet food 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the evening. Plus I leave some dry food down for her. But she still wants to eat more.

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Recent studies have shown that some cats are missing the hormone that tells them when they have had enough to eat, so they always feel hungry. My mother has a cat like this, and she and her vet have been talking about putting him on a medicine that will replace this hormone.

I'll do a little research, and talk to my mother (tomorrow , it's too late to call tonight) and see if I can come up with the name of the condition, and the med.

Is Floofa overweight? My mother's cat who has this syndrome is so fat he can hardly walk. None of her other cats are so obese and they all eat the same food and are fed the same way.
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yeah she could stand to loose a few pounds. I would appreciate the information when you get it from your mom. It would give me some info to give when I take her to the vet.
 
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You might want to try giving only a 1/4 of the can of wet food in the morning, and 1/4 at night. Then one small scoop of dry during the day. If your cat could stand to lose a few pounds, it would be better for your cat to be on a strict feeding schedule. My Cami is the same way, wants to eat and eat. She would eat the whole bag of cat food if I let her! She's on a even tighter feeding schedule now, since I was beginning to not feel her ribs or her spine (she was getting chubby). She gets 1/4 can of wet food every other day, with 1/4 cup dry food in the morning, then another 1/4 cup dry in the evening. Nothing in between, and she is starting to lose a bit of her kitty blubber.
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Recent studies have shown that some cats are missing the hormone that tells them when they have had enough to eat, so they always feel hungry. My mother has a cat like this, and she and her vet have been talking about putting him on a medicine that will replace this hormone.

I'll do a little research, and talk to my mother (tomorrow , it's too late to call tonight) and see if I can come up with the name of the condition, and the med.

Is Floofa overweight? My mother's cat who has this syndrome is so fat he can hardly walk. None of her other cats are so obese and they all eat the same food and are fed the same way.
WOW !! This forum even involves your mother, Acer !! How blessed we are to have you here -- and no wonder you have so many insights and knowledge - it's either genetic or your mom pass it down to you !!
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Rochelle I wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten you. I have not yet spoken to my mother. Her line's been busy the last three times I tried to call her!

Hopefully I'll reach her tomorrow night.
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WOW !! This forum even involves your mother, Acer !! How blessed we are to have you here -- and no wonder you have so many insights and knowledge - it's either genetic or your mom pass it down to you !!
Irene you are just the nicest most positive person I know! Yes my love of cats is genetic, and my experience and knowledge come from caring for mostly special needs cats for the past 25 years, and being involved in on line pet forums for the last 16 years.
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You might want to try giving only a 1/4 of the can of wet food in the morning, and 1/4 at night. Then one small scoop of dry during the day. If your cat could stand to lose a few pounds, it would be better for your cat to be on a strict feeding schedule. My Cami is the same way, wants to eat and eat. She would eat the whole bag of cat food if I let her! She's on a even tighter feeding schedule now, since I was beginning to not feel her ribs or her spine (she was getting chubby). She gets 1/4 can of wet food every other day, with 1/4 cup dry food in the morning, then another 1/4 cup dry in the evening. Nothing in between, and she is starting to lose a bit of her kitty blubber.
I agree with Crystal that Floofa will have to be on a controlled quantity diet. Some cats just do not self regulate, and free feeding is just not possible.

However I advise a vet check up before starting Floofa on any weight reduction program.

Perhaps she has a medical condition (other than possibly the hormone one). Diabetes and underactive thyroid can both cause excessive weight gain in cats. If she has either of these problems she will need medication and/or special diet to keep her healthy.

Hope you are checking your thread, I'll be back with more info I hope tomorrow night.
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