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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
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posted 07-14-2003 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
I have two 5 year old, indoor cats that are littermates. One is 11 pounds and the other 14 (keep in mind these cats are very tall in comparison to average cats - their paws alone are enormous) Ash looks great at 11 pounds but Miko could stand to lose 2-3 pounds. She was on steriods as a kitten and gained her weight then. However, their weight has remained steady over the last 3 years. Anyways, they are currently being fed 1/3 cup lite kibble each in the morning, 1/2 can each fancy feast at night and a handful of kibbles at midnight to stop them from waking me up at 5am. (They run their claws down the wall until I get up.) Can anyone give me a feeding guideline of what cats should be getting. All I have found so far are guidelines for dry kibble only.

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HCL113083
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posted 07-15-2003 03:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HCL113083     Edit/Delete Message
Are those food quantities for each cat or what you feed them both? If that is the quanity for the two of them it sounds about right, but if you are feeding them eat that amount it is a tad too much.

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posted 07-15-2003 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
If their weights have remained steady for this long then you are feeding the right amount for maintenance...however, if Miko needs to shed some weight you will have to reduce his feeding portion a bit to accomplish this. Increasing his activity level will also help...mine go nuts over lazer pointers, the fishing pole type cat toys and small sponge, bouncy balls that I toss and they chase. Just a few suggestions.

You might also be interested in reading this article: (if you scroll down there is a section on Obesity in Cats): http://home.earthlink.net/~jacm2/_wsn/page2.html

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