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Dear Christopher Cat

I have one overweight cat (I’ll call her “Fluffy” to protect her privacy) and one cat of normal weight (“Slim”).  I’m having no luck helping Fluffy lose weight while keeping Slim from disappearing.

I tried switching from their regular dry cat food to low-calorie food.  Slim ate the same volume of the low-calorie food and lost weight, but Fluffy ate more and actually gained weight.

Then I tried feeding three meals a day instead of just leaving the dry food out.  Slim ate just a little at each meal and lost weight, and – you guessed it – Fluffy maintained her weight.

How can I reduce Fluffy’s weight without having Slim become “Skinny”?

Christopher Responds

The average cat nibbles 14 to 17 times per day, so leaving dry food out is a good plan. 

Experiment a bit to find a food that Fluffy likes but doesn’t love.  Be sure Slim thinks it’s yummy.

If you can’t identify a cat food Fluffy will eat in moderation, supplement Slim’s diet with a high-calorie dry or canned cat food two or three times daily when Fluffy is napping. 

If Fluffy is too heavy to jump high, you can turn that disability to everyone’s advantage.  Place Slim’s higher-calorie food on top of the laundry counter or on a table Fluffy can’t reach.

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