I need some advice from all you cat lovers out there. I have an absolutely beautiful, sweet as can be calico cat that has a weight issue. If you look at most of her body, she looks ok – not lean by any stretch of the imagination, but like a normal sized cat. But she also has these pouches that hang below her abdomen that (I have heard) are just pouches of fat.
I have had her on Iams weight loss dry food for about a year and I don't see much, if any, difference. She goes back to the vet soon but I think she is going to be roughly the same weight as last year. She seems happy, I am concerned because the vet told me every extra pound on a cat is like 20 extra pound on a human. So if her ideal weight is 9-10 pounds and she weighs 12, it's like she's 40-60 pounds overweight. Yikes!
So… suggestions? I tried giving her Science Diet, but she wouldn't eat it. She's not super duper finicky, but is a bit picky. She's an outdoor cat so can go outside for play/exercise anytime she wants. I also have another cat that is a big, solid male. He does not look overweight at all and interestingly, the Iams weight loss food does not seem to have affected his weight either. Hmmmm…
I'm open to thoughts and opinions! Here she is… You can see the pink area in front of her hind legs – those are the pouches. I don't have one of her standing up, that's where you get the best view.
And this is my other cutie patootie. He is annoyed with me for following him around with the camera.