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Topic: I had my cat neutered; now he's grown fat
Message: Posted by: DaiBato (Jan 27, 2007 11:43PM)
I had my cat neutered; now he's grown fat. I understand that this is a common problem.

Waving a magic wand does no good. Anything short of liposuction that I can do to help the poor thing slim down?

Dai Bato
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Jan 28, 2007 12:42AM)
He's depressed.

no body likes being forced into being a Tranny...not even cats.

Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Jan 28, 2007 02:54AM)
One more reason not to get a vasectomy.
Message: Posted by: CJRichard (Jan 28, 2007 09:27AM)
Whatever you do, don't read Pet Cemetery.
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Jan 28, 2007 11:01AM)
Instead of packaged food, release live mice in your house. This will keep him active and give him short dry spells, like he would have in the wild.
Message: Posted by: leapinglizards (Jan 28, 2007 11:55AM)
Get him a diet food, feed him a bit less, and play with him more.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Jan 28, 2007 12:09PM)
Give him Atkins' diet plan and lots of play time! It may help to put him on a exercise machine designed for pet mouse..
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jan 28, 2007 12:47PM)
Take a knife and cut his belly open and take out his fat. I do it all the time, my cat isn't very playful and doesn't move a lot anymore but it does the job :)
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Jan 28, 2007 06:43PM)
Same thing happened to me.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jan 28, 2007 07:36PM)
Get a couple of big dogs. That way, the kitty will venture out to the food bowl with much less frequency.

Seriously, what does your vet say?
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Jan 28, 2007 11:38PM)
Count your blessings he isn't taking a leak over everything in sight and going out making miniatures of himself.

As for his weight, you may want to find some fun activities for him to participate in. Whatever you do, don't try to put him on a severe diet. If humans are any indicator, doing so may drive him crazy with hunger and he'll try to find a way to cheat.
Message: Posted by: montemagic (Jan 29, 2007 01:42AM)
Evolve has the right idea. Recent trials have suggested that we need to feed cats canned/meat diets. Felines are carnivores, but a majority of pet owners feed their cats dry food. The main ingredient of most dry foods is corn, followed by meat-and-bone meal. Corn is loaded with carbohydrates, your cat is fat. I should also mention that dry pet foods were developed by companies in part to profit from goods that were determined "not-fit for human consumption". There is a reason the largest pet food producers in the world are subsidiaries of Nestle and Heinz. The main reason I hear people say they don't feed their pets canned food is because it is bad for their teeth. I don't care if you eat dry food or wet food; if you don't ever brush your teeth or get them cleaned they will slowly rot. That is why your veterinarian recommends getting their teeth cleaned once a year. Yes they charge you $300-$500.00 plus or minus depending on where you live, but if you truly understood their cost, and compared it to what you would have to pay to have the same thing done to yourself, the price is fair. It's more a question of whether or not you can afford it, but it is definitely better for your pet.

whoa... I started ranting thru my keyboard.....The point is, to keep your cat at a healthy weight, try feeding him strictly a canned diet, and for the love of god:

NOT a raw diet, unless it is prescribed to you by a VETERINARIAN.

Beware that older cats can have thyroid issues that can result in weight changes, blood work and medication can easily control these, and if a fat cat is losing weight fast, get him/her/it to a doctor and have the liver checked.

Spay and Neuter your pet, if you can adopt from a shelter. Avoid breeders at all costs, and also take lightly anything told to you by a Breeder, especially the ones that have “has been doing it a long time". See your veterinarian at least once a year, and get some kind of blood work done at that time. Get X-rays as well if you can afford it. Get your pets teeth cleaned at least once a year, again if you can afford it, and try to always time getting blood work done and getting an anesthetetic procedure done together to save you money (you should always do blood work before anesthesia). Whenever your pet goes under anesthesia insist that they get I.V. Fluids, you usually have to pay extra. At that once yearly exam get your pets stool checked for parasites, especially if you have children. Canines and felines commonly carry tapeworm, roundworm, and giardia to name a few, which are a serious health risk to the community. Don't forget vaccines.

ok I'm done.

Matt Monte
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Jan 29, 2007 04:26PM)
"Here kitty kitty kitty ... HEEEEEERE, kitty ... now where has he run off to?"
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jan 31, 2007 11:56AM)
Check out this Fat Cat. Awwwwwwww.

And it hasn't even been nutered yet.