Last Updated on: June 29, 2022 by Ingrid King
Now that Amber is the only cat again, it will hopefully be a little easier to get her to lose some weight, since I can control her food intake better. During the last weeks of Buckley’s life, when she was eating so poorly, I left food out at all times, even when I wasn’t home. Obviously, Amber took advantage of that, since she now weighs over 14 pounds. I’d like to get her back down to a healthier 12 pounds. She’s currently eating Wellness canned food, and I’m cutting her back to 2/3 of a can a day. She’s not too terribly thrilled with this turn of events.
A word about feline diet: cats should eat canned food, preferably grain-free canned food. A cat’s natural diet is mice, and mice are primarily protein. Cat’s bodies are not designed to process carbohydrates and grain, and a lot of the degenerative diseases we’re seeing in cats didn’t start to appear until the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, when commercial dry cat foods high in carbohydrates came on the market. Some veterinarians say cats need dry food to keep their teeth clean, but that’s simply not true. Most cats don’t chew their dry food long enough to achieve any benefit from the food scraping the tartar off their teeth.
The more natural your cat’s food, the better.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.