Dear Cat Lovers,
You may notice my cute chubby kitty on my previous Instagram post for #nationalblackcatday. She is named Mama and is 8 years old. I adopted her from the shelter on October 1 and while she was affectionate and well-behaved, she was very upset with me at first in regards to food. She refused to eat both the wet or dry food she was fed at the Georgian Triangle shelter.
Concerned that she might develop the deadly condition, Hepatic Lipidosis, I reached out to the shelter coordinator. I found out she was fed Temptations cat treats by her very loving but misguided previous owner. Because she was fed many treats (I am not sure what else she ate) she has developed a very picky palate. The stress of the move and her picky behavior caused her to starve herself for the first day in her forever home.
She also is a very blob-like girl and can barely clean herself, which results in dry skin all over her body. She was declawed by a previous owner’s vet, and the poor girl has a hard time playing with toys, hence she doesn’t know what to do when I introduce toys and mostly just sits around.
Please don’t declaw your cat – I strongly believe it has led to some of her problems! Not only is it inhumane in the sense that they are having their first finger joint removed (imagine your fingertips being cut off), she is at risk of developing arthritis. She also has a harder time pushing litter in the litter box, and has a higher risk of litter box aversion (which could lead to kidney disease) as she ages.
Back to food – she is so picky that she will not even eat real treats that most cats go crazy for food such as tuna or chicken!
This strange behaviour led me to start researching cat care by talking to vets, cat owners and pet store employees in Collingwood. I have also been looking online and I have found a few very well-researched articles on cat obesity that I urge my cat loving friends to take a glance at.
Because of this valuable information gathered from multiple sources, I have successfully switched Mama, the pickiest pet princess I know, from dry food to wet food. She gets multiple small meals a day to mimic her true hunting nature.
She still loves the sound of her dry food in the container, so she gets it as a treat for doing desirable things (playing, eating her wet food, jumping onto the windowsill, etc).
She is drinking more water, having fewer poops, urinating more and has more energy to play outside (supervised of course). She even chases squirrels now to get her daily dose of cardio. She sleeps longer, is less skittish and seems to be in less pain. I am weighing her in very soon and I strongly believe she has lost a little bit of weight.
Is your kitty a bit chubby or getting older, check out this article. Paying attention to our beloved pet’s biological needs can potentially save your wallet from expensive trips to the vet, and contributes to a high quality of life.
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