He’s a meatball:
He’s a meatball the Vet declared, as he slammed Bootsie’s case file down on the stainless steel examining table for emphasis. “Oh really, what makes you think that?'” I wanted to retort. My baby isn’t fat, he’s just...he’s just...
OK, he’s a teeny tiny bit overweight. For some reason the Boo wants to eat, and eat, and eat. And then he would like a second helping if you “meow” please.
I guess you could say that at 12 pounds, and a small frame he was at risk for developing diabetes when he starts to age. At least that’s what the vet threatened us with during the visit, and when he found out that Boo had gained another 500 grams...well that was the last straw. My protesting that we had switched him to a low calorie canned fell on deaf ears. “It’s not good enough, you are over feeding him.” I made the choice to try the vet’s recommended brand, with some misgivings.
This is the solution?
We left with a much lighter pocket book, and a food that should assure the Boo of loosing those stubborn pounds. According to the “experts” on the net, he would dislike the food, pets tended to shy away from vet prescribed, and very expensive brand. I saw that as a positive, if we had to beg him to eat, it might make for a interesting turn of events. Unhungry kitty, equalled weight loss.
Obviously not the solution
Following instructions I carefully mixed a little bit of the new dried cat food in with Boo's regular low cal brand. He needed to be introduced to the new food carefully in order to stop any tummy troubles, and erupting...well you get the picture.
That night we were awakened by a odd scratching noise in the middle of the night. Our normally sleepy time kitty was wide awake, and full of the midnight munchies. Standing on his hind legs and pawing at the cupboard door that held the new food, he was determined to chow down.
He begs for this new food, is always ravenous, and despite deworming, still wants to eat until his tummy is as round as a football.
After a Doctors visit you are sent home with some instructions on the best way to loose weight. Although we love our wonderful Vet, we have no other recommendation then cut his intake down to 1/2 can of moist, and 1/2 cup of dried, per day, Boo would like to have that per hour. I have no idea what other cats eat, but isn’t that a little on the skinny side? Isn’t that the end result we are aiming for? I guess so, but.
We have tried many ways of distracting him, playing, petting, hugging, and other avenues to deter him from his relentless pursuit of begging for more food. Nothing works. He gets angry, meows ferociously, bats at our legs, bites, and follows us around underfoot all day long.
How do we tame the fat furry one? Or do we just give in and feed him as much as he wants? Does that make me a bad kitty friend? I suppose so, but I am tired of being woken up at 4 am by a begging ball of black fluff.
Help me out here please, or at the very least tell me horror stories of your pet’s carnivorous appetites.
Oh, and the Boo would like to know if those bricks behind him make him look fat?
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams