What brand of cat food is best for overweight cats?

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I have 2 cats. They are both overweight. We feed them Purina Naturals or something like that. We want the best, dry cat food designed specifically for overweight cats. They are adults, 5 and 9 years old. We feed them 1/3 of a cup twice a day, once in the morning, and once at night. We give them snacks throughout the day as well. I think we are feeding them too much. What do you think?

•How much food do they need each day?
•And how many times to they need to be fed that amount?

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6 thoughts on “What brand of cat food is best for overweight cats?

  1. Ken

    Flea Drops

    Hi
    ‘We want the best, dry cat food designed specifically for overweight cats’

    That’s like asking for the best chocalate cake for diets. The cause of your cat’s obesity is the dry food asnd even though they sell prescription stuff to lose weight, the quality is horrible and you would be asking for other problems later on.
    Dry foods have too many carbs and not enough water in their products for cats

    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
    Contrary to what you may have heard, dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. The problems with it are that they are loaded with carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Most of the moisture a cat needs is gotten
    out of the food and 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Also, most use horrible ingredients and don’t use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn’t have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods.Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Please read about cat nutrition.

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  2. kath

    Train Your Cat Fast

    hills science or reduce the amount of food given and plenty of exercise my adult tom plays fetch and my queen plays with a fishing toy made by whiskas and the kitten is too young to be over weight and inactive.
    the amount of food for one cat
    2xpouches and 70-80g of dry food or 400g of tinned food/pouches.
    or 80-100g dried food.
    for three cats i feed dry food once a day usually as i am going to bed a double bowl at 11pm and they eat this throughout the following day plus they get four to six pouches of food sometimes eight depending on if the dried food has gone. they don’t get a top of dried food till we go to bed.

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  3. Christene H

    Natural Flea Control

    a pretty nice site from IAMs… and I think that last one is wrong. Family member had a cat who was too -thin- and the vet begged them to put her on wet food because it’s soaked in gravy and that sort of thing and has more calories… obviously I’m no vet though.. .but that site might help, hope it does.

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  4. Snakecharmer

    Cat toilet Trained

    You want to try and find a food that contains no more than 10% crude fat. The 9 year old should be on a senior diet, again crude fat an issue. Snacks and treats, including all people food are very caloric. Animals do not metabolize calories the same. I guarantee that if you cut out 80% of the treats and 10% max on the crude fat of their food, in time, they will lose weight. It takes a while for them to lose, 5 pounds could take as long as 6 months. Try Purina Indoor Cat formula for the 5 year old and maybe Purina Senior for the 9 year old. Good Luck !!! P.S. Amount of food depends on activity level, I think you could get away with the 1/3 cup twice daily, absolutely no wet food, bad for the teeth and it makes them fat.

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  5. mliz55

    Cat Scratching

    I am a fan of Science Diet, though many people are not. I like the variety available. Since cats are grazers, I feed my guys about 1/4 of a cup each twice a day, sometimes less depending on the amount of running around they do. I use the “less active” formula, and sometimes the light, and sometimes the sensitive stomach formula, which is nice for their coats.
    Weigh your cats, and look at them. Do their bellies graze the floor when they are standing? When they are sitting with their backs to you do they present a very triangular shape? Then they can afford to lose a bit of weight. Remember that different kinds of cats have different needs, and a Maine Coon cat might weigh 18 pounds and be healthy, while a Siamese cat might weigh 6 pounds and be healthy. I have 2 longhairs, and the himalayan weighs 12.5 pounds and could lose, and the persian weighs 8.5 and could gain, and they eat the same amount!

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