Good weight-building food?

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Good weight-building food?
Thu, 04-10-2003 - 11:28am
Can anyone suggest a good weight-building food or procedure for kitties?

Here's our situation. Sienna is too fat. Not much, just slightly overweight, but she is overweight. So even though she's still technically a kitten (hasn't reached a year yet), about 2 months ago, we moved the kitties from the kitten food to the adult food.

Since that time, Blaze (who is a timid eater) has been steadily losing just a little weight and getting bony. He never eats much anyway, and apparently he needed the higher-fat content of the kitten food to stay at a healthy weight. Then, I go out of town for a week and he hardly eats because I'm out of town, then my DH joins me for 4 days so for 4 days neither of us were there and my dad was feeding him instead. I return to find him even more underweight, as though he almost didn't eat at all while we were gone.

Now he's holding steady since DH and I have gotten back, but he's not gaining and he really needs to put on some weight, but at the same time we need to leave Sienna away from his food or she'll eat it all. (Skye's just fine, so I'm not worried about him).

I'm trying Blaze on nutrical (this paste stuff that is supposed to help improve their appetite and give some nutrition as well, it's used frequently in animal rescue) but it doesn't seem to be doing much good. I'm also not giving him much of it, so maybe I should just give him more than a single finger-lick? I've tried feeding him separate from the other two so they don't eat all of his before he gets a chance, but he reaches his fill fairly quickly and won't eat any more, even with me hand-feeding. The only things he'll eat a decent amount of are chicken (I share my chicken breast with him when I get KFC) or baby food.

I don't think he's sick, because other than weight, he looks and acts totally healthy. Playful, happy, stool is normal, litterbox use normal for the amount he eats, snuggly, not dehydrated, eyes bright, coat bright and soft... just the weight is a problem. So what I want to do is find something I can give him food-wise that will help him regain some of the weight he lost after we switched foods.

I keep debating taking him in to the vet, but because this isn't an emergency, neither DH nor I can take off from work enough to take him in until next week, and we're both 90% certain his only problem is the food.

Any suggestions?

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 11:56am
Hmmmm, I would read the lables and see what food has the highest fat and protien content. I know Eukanuba is higher in fat than most foods that I have looked into. Maybe you can get Blaze to eat some kitten food a couple of times a day.

It also could be that he doesn't like the food you are offering him that much. My Spooky lost a couple of pounds when I switched him to Senior food. He just didn't like it much and it was lower in fat too. Since I've switched him back to regular adult food, he's back to his normal weight.

You may just have to get some small bags or samples of food and see if maybe he likes a particular one better. Petfood direct has a good website a lots of good food that maybe you can go to and compare ingredents to see what kinds have a higher fat and protien content.

He may just be a picky eater and will stay on the thin side. My Rusty is that way. He seems thin to me but my vet says as long as he is eating and is healthy not to worry about it.

I'm not sure about the Nutrical. I've never used it.

Good luck and let us know what you come up with.


Leslie (cl-lcni)


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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 1:30pm
I know Hills prescription a/d is loaded with fats and nutrients - it is made for building up dogs and cats. Leslie was also right on when she mentioned Eukanuba - it's an excellent food (we just had a talk on it and we carry it where I work), they have just reformulated their entire line.

Good luck!


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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 2:20pm
Well, I went ahead and called the vet to get their opinion, and they said to go with the nutrical for now. But, I wasn't giving Blaze even 1/3 of the amount they recommend, so we're going to greatly increase how much nutrical he gets (good thing he really likes it) and they said if that is indeed the only problem, we should notice *some* improvement anyway in a week to a week and a half, and if either he gets worse or doesn't improve in 2 weeks, to bring him in. Of course, if he gets worse or shows any other signs of sickness, bring him in right away. So, we'll see if this helps. But I'm sure it's related to the food since it started happening so shortly after we changed their food, at the right rate for it to be food-related.