Fat Kitty Needs a Diet

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Lori (Finding Radiance)

    I had 2 cats for about a year, but they were separated. It was a good thing because they both had different food issues. One cat was elderly and she was free choice to keep her weight up.
    The other was young and had a tendency towards chub. I had to measure and portion one kitties food and keep the free choice one separate.

    You are likely going to have to do something like this to to keep them separated for meal times, like keeping Maya in a separate room where she can have a bowl all day.

    You can divide the food up into twice a day feedings. I have Pixie (she is the only cat now) on a twice a day feeding schedule of 1/4 cup – one in the morning and one in the evening. She gets 1/4 can of wet food (kitty crack) in the morning. That is all she gets, which is actually weight loss portions, but she stays big. She has a slow metabolism like her mother…..

    I feed them Iams. It’s good stuff.

    1. hundredtenpounds

      The problem with feeding Maya separately is that she’s near impossible to catch!

  2. blondeviki

    I have a similar problem – two cats, one a piggy and the other one a pushover, therefore piggy gets his food and whatever the other hasn’t eaten by the time he’s finished. The vet told me this was fairly normal, as even in pairs cats establish a heirarchy but that it can lead to one cat being overweight.

    Like the above commenter said, the only way you can guarantee it not happening is to separate them for meals or to supervise their eating very closely.

    I feed mine twice a day – they get just under the recommended amount of complete dry food (I use Royal Canin) because I mix it up with wet food. It’s probably me applying human feelings to the kitties, but I just don’t think dry food alone looks appetising!!

    The only other thing I could suggest – which is something I do with my chubby boy – is maybe spend a bit of extra time playing with him – mine has a dangly fish-on-a-string type toy which he will chase and jump for hours – so we play with him for 20 minutes or so in the evening to help him burn some calories!!

    1. hundredtenpounds

      Thanks for the recommendation. I guess I will attempt to feed them at a certain time every day instead of leaving a bowl out.

    2. hundredtenpounds

      And that’s really interesting about the hierarchy!

  3. biz319

    My parents had a cat when I was in my 20’s – my dad would actually cut up what they had for dinner and feed that to the cat!

    Sorry I don’t have any tips – we have a huge black lab.

  4. Allison M.

    I had a similar problem. I have two cats, but when I got the second one, a kitten, the kitten ate all of the food for both cats! What I started doing was separating them to feed them 2 meals a day. Ask a vet how much they should be eating, divide it by two. It will be a difficult transition, but giving them only 30 minutes to eat their food will help get them on a schedule. Take away the food after that time until the second feeding. They will get used to it once they get hungry enough. This really worked for us, and now they’ve gotten to where they can eat together. Also, we feed them Evo pet food:

    I really like it because it’s full of protein and generally just a good quality food. It’s more expensive than Costco (we used to get that too!) but it’s worth it. The cats love it and they are healthier than ever!

    Good luck!

    1. hundredtenpounds

      Thanks for the tip! Starting Monday I’m going to feed them that way.

  5. Lisa @bakebikeblog

    I don’t have any specific advice re the food – but I just wanted to say how adorable your kitties are. I have 2 cats too and they are such an important part of our little family 🙂

    1. hundredtenpounds

      Thanks! I’m pretty convinced of their cuteness. 😉

  6. zenlizzie

    My bf rescued my cat as a stray and she was really skinny and sick and flea covered. That was about four years ago and now she is about 18lbs. She is normally the only cat in the house, so she gets a measured portion of weight control food twice each day. She’s probably gained about 1 or 2 lbs in the last few months, and I suspect she is sneaking some of the dog’s food. Plus, she is lazy. I feel bad that she is such a chunkster only because I worry about her health. The vet says she is healthy, even though she is big, so I guess some cats are like people–they have a hard time losing weight too.

    1. hundredtenpounds

      What a little sneaker! I bet when we get a dog, Fat Kitty will eat his food too.

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