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Lilysmommy 01-07-2011 01:38 AM

Changing Diet to Encourage Weight Loss
 
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Hey everyone. :) I was wondering if I could get some opinions on what to do with Lily as far as diet/exercise. She's up to about 500-510 grams now, which has me a bit :shock: . At her last vet visit, the vet told me that while she's not obese yet, she definitely shouldn't gain any more weight. However, it seems to me like she's still gaining just a bit at a time, creeping up a couple grams. So I've been trying to figure out how to at least get the weight gain to stop, if not get her to lose a few grams.

Her food mix consists of Solid Gold Katz'n'Flocken (12% fat), Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck (12%), Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul Lite (9%), and Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix (11%). I was thinking I might try to decrease the amount of Solid Gold and Natural Balance in the mix, and offer more of the Chicken Soup and C&P, since they're just a bit lower in fat. However, she doesn't like those two as much, and Natural Balance is her favorite. Do you think she'll just quit eating her usual amount if I change the amounts, or that she'll start eating more of the lower fat foods?

As far as encouraging exercise to help lose weight or at least maintain, I'm not sure what I can do with that either. She does run on her wheel, though I'm not sure how much. She's definitely not an explorer though, and prefers to sleep on me when I get her out in the evenings. And I refuse to try the swimming approach, since she's terrified of water. I'm just not sure how else to offer her exercise. :?

Any suggestions, either on the diet or on exercise?

susanaproenca 01-07-2011 09:51 AM

Re: Changing Diet to Encourage Weight Loss
 
Kelsey, I am in the same situation with Pete. She came to us weighting 546g a month ago and during her vet visit the vet said she looks very overweight for her size. He said she should lose 100g during the next 6 months.

When she first came her food mix was 16% fat. I switched it to a 10% fat mix (Natural Balance Green Pea & Duck and Wellness Healthy Weight.) What I've been thinking is that it seems to me that she is eating more of the low fat food than she used to eat of the old food. I think she might be eating more to compensate for the fewer calories in the low fat diet. I'm thinking I'll have to start reducing how much kibble I give her, but I don't know if I should. And it would break my heart to think she's hungry.

I think you can try to offer more of the low fat food and see if she eats them. Hopefully she will.

As for exercise, Pete enjoys walking around and exploring so that's what I've been letting her do a few times a week, besides for having a wheel every night. Maybe you could encourage exploring by offering healthy treats (fruits and veggies) when she's out?

E-Che & Tonja 01-07-2011 12:06 PM

Re: Changing Diet to Encourage Weight Loss
 
I know the feeling, with my girl Tonja she was up to 682 grams and was a BIG girl, unfortunately she will not run on her wheel she just does a leisurely walk and MIGHT do a mile a night :oops: .... and when I take her out for some run time she just walks for a few minuets and than decides to lay down and watch what is gong on around her :roll: or take a nap :oops:. She got a clean bill of health from the doc but is just fat, I have her on a mix of Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul Lite, and Wellness Healthy Weight I was giving her mill worms as a treat but had to stop due to her weight now she gets baby food. But to make her start to loose have had to start making her swim and she hates it to begin with but she is now starting to get more use to it and it is helping to get the weight off. You just have to be VERY careful not to leave her alone and make sure that she is completely dry before putting Lily up. My girl LOVES to hang out in a fleas blanket fresh from the dryer :lol: you also have to be careful not to let her skin get to dry from the frequent water exposer. Good luck on the weight loss plan!! Just tell her it is her new years resolution to be a healthier hog :lol:

Megan

Lilysmommy 01-07-2011 12:32 PM

Re: Changing Diet to Encourage Weight Loss
 
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Thanks guys, for both of your answers. :) I guess I'll continue working on changing food ratios until I have it where I want it, and make sure she's still eating well. Then I'll figure out where to go from there...Maybe offering more baby food or steamed veggies to help fill her up? I could always give room exploring another try too, I suppose. I really don't want to try swimming unless it becomes a necessity though, because she gets so frantic in the water.

Thanks again! And good luck to both of you with your girls as well. :)


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