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kauna

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I am starting this thread as a helpful guide as to what I am doing with my adoptees and their weigh. This is new to me and I thought it could help others as well.
I am still transitioning the dry food but ultimately will be feeding Instinct raw boost healthy weight dry and for canned food I am feeding Blue Tastefuls chicken entree in savory sauce. I decided on this combination because it was recommended for “diet” foods in my searches. I calculated how many calories they would need per day and divided between the two.

For a 5.5 oz can they get 1/2 can twice daily each (2 cans total daily)
Dry food 1/4 cup twice daily (1/2 cup total daily)

I give the canned food first to eat and leave the dry once finished the canned. Most of the time that gets eaten in the first sitting.

I decided on these as I liked the quality of the dry and the size of the can.

The website I used to calculate weight is:

 

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Thank you for sharing. It is really helpful. Ross gained a lot of weight in a few weeks so he is on a diet too.
Good luck with the journey. Keep us updated
 

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We have an update as far as the weight goes

Dolly 13.8 lbs
Otis affectionately known as “pork roll” is a whopping 14.8 lbs!!

Now we can let the journey begin….
 

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Thank you for sharing them with us as you help them lose weight. Have they been acting out in any way as you have adjusted the amount of food they are given now?
 

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Thank you for sharing them with us as you help them lose weight. Have they been acting out in any way as you have adjusted the amount of food they are given now?
I haven’t noticed any acting out. If anything they have realized that they are getting their meals at certain times and that’s all they get. They have seemed to eat most of the canned food first then nibble on some of the dry. Not like before where Otis specifically would inhale every thing in front of him.
Dolly seems to favor the wet over the dry but she does eat some of it.

I am seriously considering getting the microchip pet feeders just to keep them from eating each other’s food. The one drawback of multiple cats. They are pricey though… so it’s on the back burner for now. I’ll share in in case anyone is interested it is also useful for pets on rx diets.

Microchip pet feeder By surefeed

 

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I noticed that they weren’t eating all of the wet food in the morning so I changed to 1/3 can twice daily.

I also noticed that Mr “Pork-roll” inhales his food like he’s afraid he will not be getting any more. I will be changing his bowl to a slow feeder bowl to see how that helps. He also seems to prefer dry food. I have been feeding the wet and once they are done eating it I put the dry food out.

I changed the dry food from a regular food bowl to a no-bowl dispenser. It is to encourage hunting behaviors aka make them hunt for their food. I’m thinking that it will slow down his vacuum cleaner tendencies as far as eating goes and force him to move some lol! They are still trying to figure out how it works.
 

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Weight loss update:
(6 weeks in)

Both have lost a pound! Happy dance!!

Otis is down to 13lbs
Dolly is down to 12lbs.

They are getting 1/4 can of food twice daily and a 1/4 cup dry for a lunchtime meal. (Usually when I get home from work)

Otis is eating the pate canned food that I purchased accidentally. (Dolly didn’t like it)
Dolly is still eating the morsels in savory sauce.
 

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@kauna , great job Team Otis/Dolly!!! very helpful info on your routine for success! happy hugs n head smooches, following closely for updates
 

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When Osi turned 1 y.o. we had an annual wellness check , our vet restrict him to a diet, he was 1kg more than he had to be. All I did was giving him 2 meals a day instead of 3, and only 1-2 snacks a day or none at all. I didn't make him play more to get the desired result sooner, he just lost his Santa belly on its own. Sphynxes burn more cals than regular cats so once you reduce their food intake they will start losing weight. It's us who can't stop pitting and sharing food with them. And yeah headphones will save you at the beginning of their kilo trimming journey :D. And no, they won't have any damage to health if they suddenly stop over-eating.
 

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You go Dolly!!!! That is fantastic. I can’t imagine how different she must be feeling. Otis a plateau week is still something to celebrate!
 

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You go Dolly!!!! That is fantastic. I can’t imagine how different she must be feeling. Otis a plateau week is still something to celebrate!
@Catzzzmeow i couldn’t agree more!
I also figured out that he was getting more calories from the pate food than she was with the morsels in sauce so the fact that he maintained his weight is great!!
 

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Dolly had successfully completed her weight loss journey! She is a very svelte 10 lbs!!!
In 3 months she has gone from 13.8 to 10 pounds.

Otis has also lost weight he is down to 12.4 lbs! I would say he’s got another’s pound to go.

Now is going to be the tricky part… I don’t want Dolly to lose any more weight and we are still working towards the goal for Otis. I’m going to change her wet food to the pate variety that has slightly more calories than the morsels. (This was the accidental purchase that I was feeding Otis and he maintained his weight she has now decided that she likes the food!)

Thank you lairians for the encouragement and support for this wonderful adopted duo!
Pics to follow!
 

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It’s wonderful how you have stayed the course helping them to their goal weight and yet are realistic that it isn’t easy and both are very different.
 
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