Our British shorthair is 11 years old now. She was sterilized a couple of years ago.
If you want see the review of the food itself, scroll halfway through this text
So, last year we went to the vet. Our kitty has been weighed and as it turned out, she was 15 lbs. Horrible.
We were told to put her on a diet.
There was a dialog like:
"Where is your cat’s waist line?"
"Is she supposed to have one?"
"All cats are supposed to have a waistline. Your cat must lose half her weight."
And that’s how our way to a thin waistline began
First things first, I didn’t want her to lose half her weight, as the vet suggested. She’s been quite big all her life, many thought she were a male.
The vet suggested we switch to Hill’s Metabolic dry food. I didn’t know much about feline food at that point. I used to feed my kitty beef and other natural foods before. But something must have went wrong after sterilization. Maybe she started asking for more food, and it was hard to refuse.
She was quite witty, and she used to have breakfast twice: when my husband woke up, and when I did. She was just sitting at her bowl, pretending she were awfully hungry so that stupid people would feed her again.
Now to the dry food.
Feeding guidelines can be found on the backside of the bag. By the way, the bags are equipped with zip locks, which is very important when a hungry cat on a diet is trying to get close to her food.
First of all, one has to determine whether the cat should lose weight or remain in the current state. Ours had to lose weight. So I bought kitchen scales and started to feed our cat according to the guidelines, and with a heavy heart.
Our cat’s reaction.
Well, she eats this food.
I’d like to tell more about her reaction on diet.
As I’ve mentioned above, her tricks used to work before (like making hungry eyes and meowing and following her owners around the apartment.) Now we were adamant.
She was getting her food twice a day: 9-10 am and 5-6 pm.
In the morning, she followed us everywhere. I had to feed her before cleaning my teeth, or she wouldn’t let me.
The same was in the evening. She did her best to draw attention to herself. Maybe the stupid humans forgot where the food or her bowl was?
So, brace yourselves if you are going to put a furry glutton on a diet. It will be a war of nerves.
Result. How much has she lost on Hill’s Metabolic?
Our cat lost almost 2,2 lbs.
Not so much? I don’t think so. It’s like she lost 15% of her weight, and it took about two months.
After that, we went on feeding her this dry food, but recalculated the amount of it so that she remain in her current weight. Sometimes her tricks work now, and she gets a treat. This is strictly forbidden if the cat is supposed to lose some weight, though.
It’s also noteworthy that she’s become more active, she started playing more. Of course, she’s not as active as she used to be, but that’s because of her age. When she weighed 15 lbs she barely left her bed.
Will I buy this food again?
Yep. Though I’ll be trying to find a cat food with better ingredients in the meantime.
Chicken By-Product Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Coconut Oil, Pork Fat, Lactic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Carrots, DL-Methionine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C) , Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Taurine, L-Carnitine, minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene