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Thread: How to put Carmello on a diet with 3 slim sisters & his Mom who all eat out of the same bowl????

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    What am I going to do???
    My boy had his check-up today and he is 20 pounds. The vet wants him down to 15 in the next year.

    Any advice?? The girls and he eat out of the same food container. I have it up on a table b/c my when my son comes over with his dog he can't reach it.

    Poor Carmello!!

    His Mom, Katie, behind him. She's a peanut :)
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    Have you got a treadmill?

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    Kitty Craig or Nutrikitty :lol:

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    You're not going to like this, but you'll have to have timed feeding times. I have one orange cat, and he was a stray at one point, then the pound got him, then my sis got him, then gave him to me. Anyhoo, he will eat and eat and eat...and eat...like he doesn't know when the next food will arrive. Had to resort to putting down food 2x/day for him. Dunno what we'd do if we had more than one cat! :D

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    Poor Carmello! He looks like "Would 'ya just find me another vet!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee G
    Poor Carmello! He looks like "Would 'ya just find me another vet!"
    I agree - he doesn't look too bothered by his weight. Good luck with a solution to this though - I have two dogs and, like you, just keep the food out and they eat as they like. Neither has a weight issue (I save that "issue" just for me!) but I don't know what I'd do if I had to handle them separately.

    Hope you find a way to keep everyone happy and healthy.

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    I have been that position before. Everyone goes on the 'diet' cat food and that others get extra treats and goodies. I stil found goodies for the 'deprived' one but they were different than the others, so he didn't feel so deprived.

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    You could send him to my house. I could start a kitty and doggie fat farm:):):):):)

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    Can you maybe feed the other cats while you hold Carmello or put Carmello in another room until the other cats are done eating? And then feed Carmello alone after you put the other cats in another room or outside? It will take a bit of time to teach them the routine, but it will work you just have to be patience. Or...when you feed all the cats, put a seperate dish down Near you for Carmello and if the other cats come to eat out of his dish...shoo them away. And if Carmello tries to eat out of their dish....shoo him away with a stern voice and tell him no...and put him in front of his dish. Its tough love with the kitties, but they will do good and will learn the routine as long as you stick with it.

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    Carmello looks like my Muggy and his mom looks like my sunny. we have to put some of ours in basement while we feed the older ones.

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    When my 3 cats were alive everyone ate alone in separate rooms. The two dogs eat together in another room. I always felt like a short order cook. LOL

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    I was going to suggest separate rooms also. Give them maybe 20 minutes to chow down; after that, doors are opened and excess food (if any) is put away.

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    Thanks for the ideas,everyone, except erstan947- LOL - We couldn't bear to give him up. He's such a lover boy!!! hahaha

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    They are beautiful.

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    My Moose (the one pictured in my avatar) was almost 22 lbs when I got him. Now two years later, he's down to 16.5 lbs. I have four other cats, so it wasn't easy. Separate feeding areas, food, treats, no treats, etc., was either a lot of trouble or felt too much like punishment for one of the parties involved. So, I increased his level of activity. Turns out this big guy really loved to play. I engaged him in different levels of play several times a day. So, why not give exercise a try? You'll both have fun, and it will be much less stressful.

    Want to add that Carmello is a handsome boy!! Keep us posted on his progress.

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    try one of those lazer lights for pets. my furbabies love to run and chase that silly thing. even the dog loves it. we have fun with it.

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    I do need to increase his exercise. He used to love the toys but now when I play with him he just swats at the stuff. My DH also feeds him table food and he promised he's going to stop. Last night Carmello didn't get any table food and he was fine. Just a bad habit.
    I'm concerned about him getting diabetes. Being too heavy isn't good for our furry friends either.
    Thanks again, everyone! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hspirit_99
    try one of those lazer lights for pets. my furbabies love to run and chase that silly thing. even the dog loves it. we have fun with it.
    OMGosh! I had to take the laser light away from my husband. I don't know who liked it more...him or the poor cat he was driving crazy with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by hspirit_99
    try one of those lazer lights for pets. my furbabies love to run and chase that silly thing. even the dog loves it. we have fun with it.
    OMGosh! I had to take the laser light away from my husband. I don't know who liked it more...him or the poor cat he was driving crazy with it!
    Hahaha, too funny :mrgreen:

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    You might try cat fishing. Even my old man - Boomer aka Boogie who is almost 11 will beat the girls out of the way to cat fish.

    Buy a child's fishing pole - one of the really short ones. Replace the hook with a safety pin. Attach a furry mouse to the safety pin. Get their attention by dangling the mouse in front of them. When you get their attention - cast the mouse down the hall or across the room. When they start to follow it - start reeling it back. They will play for HOURS if you let them. The more activity the retreival is - i.e. varying speed, dips, jerks, etc. - the better.

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    Jane, thank you!! I need to get out the fishing poles :D
    He has one that he walks around with and howls like he caught a mouse- so cute!!

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    I have a cat that weights 23 lbs. I have 9 indoor cats all together. No diet food here.

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    Oh my, you both have your work cut out for you.

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    Poor Carmello,he is not going to like being punished.

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    LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by Dee G
    Poor Carmello! He looks like "Would 'ya just find me another vet!"

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