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RE: kitten doesn't hardly eat but is HUGE

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Posted by: LisaS. at Mon Dec 15 18:17:25 2003  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by LisaS. ]  
   

I just read your post to my 7 month old burmese who is 8 pounds and he's quite pleased with himself. His brother is 6.5lbs (also a littermate) but has a totally different appetite. I'd have this big guy xrayed, and checked out with a full blood panel, urinalysis, etc. Apparently obesity in cats does the same thing for them as it does for us: diabetes, heart issues, etc. Is your "baby" eating kitten food? If so, I'd talk to the doc about stopping and shifting to a combo adult/diet mix. My doc said nothing while I complained about Alexander putting on weight, so I took the initiative and shifted him to a high protein adult at 5 months and now we're on a 60/40 diet/adult mix. The vet now says he sees what I mean with the extra weight-duh! I also put balls in his food bowl to slow down his feeding frenzy. All that stuff about feeding kittens as much fatty kitten food as they want is bogus. It's fine if your cat isn't a pig, but otherwise it's just a recipe for obesity after 5 months of age, imho. We made sure he had the fat, protein and calories he needed and not any more. so now he looks like a sphere with a cat head and tail. He also exercises constantly-I think it is truly a chemical thing. His brother Ptolemy just is not genetically hardwired for obesity, but alexander is. I'd have your kitty checked out just to ease your mind and then gradually shift him to diet food. You should post a picture of him.

take care and keep us posted on the details of what you find,

Lisa S. ,mom to three kitties (Alexander the round one, Ptolemy who is just right, and Taharqa who is a tad skinny) and two bunnies, one who is very fat and the other who is just right.


   

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