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Does Your Cat Have a Waist? - Livin' the Good Life

Jul. 29th, 2014

02:34 pm - Does Your Cat Have a Waist?

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Smokey is gaining weight. I've been noticing that his tummy is bulging and hard when I palpate it, and he is getting heavier to lift by the day. I've always believed that when a cat is neutered, he/she gets fat. That is just the way it is. Nothing you can do about it. But, I've been reading up on it, and the dry cat food everyone feeds their cats is mostly composed of grains. Grains? Do cats in the wild eat grains? No, they eat meat. Raw. And I remembered my book WHEAT BELLY and how grains can cause big, hard bellies in humans. Hmmm.....
So, I started researching cat food, and I found that there are lots of alternatives out there. However, they are more expensive. Did I want to pay more for cat food? I visited our newly-opened Pet Co, and was surprised to see a wide array of alternative cat and dog foods on their shelves. I was feeling overwhelmed by the many choices and brands. And I also reminded myself that our cats are very picky eaters. I've tried changing brands from the supermarket before, to give them some variety, and they wouldn't touch any of them. So, I let the idea pass.
But, there was still this unnaturally big, hard belly that Smokey was sporting. What to do about that? Steve suggested that he spend more time outside. He thinks he's gaining weight due to laying around the house all day. He IS getting lazier. So I started putting him out more. He and Gilmore hang out in our yard together now. It's true that being outside promotes "cattier" behavior. More alert, more active, chasing critters, climbing trees, often preferring the roof-top to the ground.
But, there still remained this grain-based diet I was feeding our cats. Was it truly unhealthy for them and was I being irresponsible for feeding them this stuff? Was it "cat junk food"?
I went and consulted the people at our favorite local health food store. They all used the brand that they carried there and were convinced of its superiority. Risking sounding like a commercial, I bought a small bag of Taste of the Wild dry cat food that is mostly made up of meat... NO grains. They told me their cats got silkier coats, they lost weight. and now had visible "waists", which evidently cats are supposed to have.
I was a little skeptical, but I brought the bag home and mixed a little into the bowls of their favorite cat food. I was amazed that they ate it! This has been going on now for a couple of months, and now they eat a mixture of mostly the new cat food, with a bit of their old food that they liked so much.
I kid you not, Smokey is losing weight, his coat is noticeably shinier and softer, and he is showing a tiny bit of a waist. Gilmore is thinner, though he doesn't need to be, and his long coat used to be scroungy. Now it's more silky looking.
I'm still watching and will continue to see if this cat food really is better. I'll keep you posted. Maybe I'll even post before and after pictures.


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Date:July 29th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
By the way, we no longer have the other grey cat I showed a few posts back. She was a sweetie, but she went absolutely berserk at night! We had her a week, and Steve and I were getting no sleep at night. It was crazy!!. We had a one month trial with this cat to see if she was a good fit for our family. I was grateful that we had this option. The animal shelter took her back, no problem, and I was careful to explain what she did at night and asked them to check it out before they adopted her out again.
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