I had a rather awesome, but exhausting, weekend (with some very awesome and invigorating weather!), but I'm not going to talk about that for once. Instead, this will be a Dinah post. Which means probably not relevant or interesting to anyone but myself, but then again I do like to pretend, however transparently, that I write these mostly for my own edification.
At any rate, the thrust of the post is this: my cat is fat. After talking to a friend who had cat weight loss success, I decided to make a drastic change to her diet. No more $15 dry cat food bags that last a month. She now eats food more expensive than mine. Well, okay, that's an exaggeration. I happened to stockpile cat food and frozen meat for myself at the same time, and yes her order cost more even with wag.com's new customer discount. However, I ate my meat purchases in under a week and her stockpile should last the next month or so, so there two aren't really comparable. Hyperbole aside though, this stuff is expensive.
According to my friend and a lot of cat diet research information that she sent me and I mostly didn't read (because she had already read it and I trust her as a maven of everything from electric toothbrushes to, apparently, cat food), this particular brand has a higher protein content than many other wet cat food brands. The dry foods are mostly filler, requiring the cat to eat more (potentially gaining weight) without feeling full. While I don't follow a paleo diet for myself (except for that one ill-fated week a few years ago), I do appreciate the wisdom of getting more calories from fat and protein. And I'm not even a carnivore, as she is. Basically, I feel bad that I've been carefully measuring her dry food all these months and wondering why she wasn't losing (and gaining, if anything) weight. If she's fat, much like if I'm fat, I have no one to blame but myself (well, unless one of develops a thyroid condition or something).
We bought a few starter cans of the stuff from a frou-frou pet store downtown to see if she liked it before bulk ordering. I was convinced for some reason that she would have difficultly with the transition, partly because she turned up her nose at wet cat food the one time I tried to give it to her (the free can the ASPCA gave me when I adopted her). I guess that was just the stress of the subway ride with a stranger though, because she inhaled it immediately. Other than the sardine cutlets in lobster consume (actual flavor), she pretty much eats anything we put down. In fact, she paces like a little drug addict while we're opening the can, meowing impatiently (and, I might add, obnoxiously). She starts her assault at around 5:30 in the morning. So basically, she's become a little shit. But at least now she'll live forever. If we don't kill her first.
We're still working out her portion size. Right now we're experimenting with 4 ounces a day. I figure we can monitor her weight gain/loss for a month or so and adjust from there. I'm taking some photos so we can compare the differences as scientifically as possible. Before I started p90x, I took photos from every angle (as Tony instructed), but with cats, all things are more problematic.
|Before shot 1: from behind.|
|Before shot 2: less successful behind.|
|Before shot 3: Front, in response.|
Thanks for anyone still reading! As a thank you for reading so much about my cat, I tried to keep it as tasteful and interesting as possible (note how no descriptions of her post-diet-change stool made the cut!). Wish Dinah luck on her emotional week 2 of dieting. We'll get her to her vet-recommended goal weight of 11 pounds yet!