Earlier this year, my overweight cat was told he needed to lose some weight. Cats are kind of stubborn and also have fussy stomachs so change is never easy.
He had been getting two types of food. We had to eliminate the crunchy food and change the type of wet food. Some cats, including mine, vomit if you change their food too quickly. It took us more than a month to slowly change over the wet food and trim down and then eliminate the dry food.
For a cat used to eating on demand, having to change to scheduled feedings of prescribed amounts was difficult.
We spent a lot of time experimenting with different schedules. The only treat he is allowed is cat soup — the broth one not the creamy one. So for a while, he was getting that some days when he just could not make it until lunch hour. And for a while we had to serve two lunches — by splitting the lunch into two servings put down at different times.
There were many early morning yodeled calls for breakfast. Some of those calls started at 3 am. He gets fed at 6.
For a while, I wasn’t sure we were going to make it. He was miserable. I was miserable. My son was miserable. Everyone was sleep deprived.
But then in the last couple of weeks, he has turned the corner. He has finally adjusted to the feeding schedule. In fact, he is overdue for lunch right now, but he is curled up asleep at my feet, so I will take care of it when I’m done typing my rough draft.
He no longer makes me split lunch. He often isn’t even interested when I put it down. He still wakes me in the morning, but not at insane hours. Usually, he starts trying to get me up around 5:30.
He had even started to become more active. Willing to play a little bit. That is until this heatwave struck and all anyone wants to do is slug-out. I expect once the weather eases up, he will once again be willing to play.
He had a checkup yesterday and the vet is pleased with his progress. He’s lost a good, but safe, amount of weight. All his bloodwork came back clear.
As long as he continues to lose weight we will stick with the current amount of food. As he gets smaller, we will need to adjust the food to keep him losing until he reaches a healthy weight.
He still has a long road ahead because he needs to lose so slowly, but he’s got this.