I found out at a vet visit today that my fat cat Luna has gained even more weight, and I’d really like to get her to lose some.
There’s a problem: I have another cat, Katya, who does not need to lose weight. I suspect Luna will sometimes eat to keep Katya away from the food dish as a way to assert her dominance.
Feeding them in separate places won’t really work- there’s no way to keep Luna out of the kitchen where we feed Katya. Katya has to be fed in the kitchen because she likes to be petted while she eats, and that’s the only place that the table with her food on it (so we don’t have to squat or bend down until our backs hurt to pet her) can go. Another problem with shutting Luna up somewhere is that she’s a Siamese mix, and can generate very loud, unearthly yowls when she is shut in.
They’re already on a low-calorie food. I’m afraid of cutting back too much the amount I give them for fear that Luna will hog all the food and Katya won’t get any.
We feed them dry food, and I don’t want to go to canned, because we’ve had problems with flies when we fed them canned food. It’s also more difficult for us to do canned food than it is for most people. We keep kosher, so we can’t use one of our spoons or dishes for their food, nor can we wash any spoon or dish we use for their food in our sink or dishwasher.
They’re both used to grazing- eating small amounts of food from a dish that’s out all day. This also means that they don’t pester us for food, which is good. If we were to give them discrete meals, we couldn’t do more than two a day when we’re both working (I’m not now, but I hope that will change soon), unless we bought some sort of timer device to dispense the food.
Anyone got any advice?
Sorry, no picture of them- I can’t find the online picture I had.