Are you worried your cat is losing
Concerned about your cat’s health and well-being?
Think some cat weight loss might be in order? If
you think that’s the case, you’re probably right. Your
cat, and the other members of your human family, may not agree,
however. While you may not be able to have an open and candid conversation
with your cat-at least not a two way conversation-you can certainly
have that conversation with the rest of your household. The whole
family will have to be on board if you are to have any impact at
all on cat weight loss.
Am I an expert on cat weight loss?
No. I’m not an expert on much, when it comes to pets, except
from the standpoint of paying for the pet food. I do have some anecdotal
experience with discovering, then responding to, the need for our
family cat, Roary, to participate in a healthier
Here’s the background. We have two young
children, five and eight years old. We have a fairly young cat,
the aforementioned Roary. Roary is an indoor cat. His major source
of exercise is playing with the kids (We have squirrels in our yard
that I think outweigh him). Roary and the kids have great fun together,
usually. The fun slowed down a bit last year, and that’s when
we figured out that Roary was a great candidate for cat
Last year, we noticed that Roary seemed a bit less
playful than before. Our son, the eight year old, likes to play
a bit more aggressively than our daughter, age five. He never tried
to use Roary as a football, but he’s a boy. He’s more
active with Roary than simply holding the cat in his lap. Normally,
Roary is a willing participant in our son’s games.
Roary would still play, but after a short period
of time Roary would run and hide. To our son, the game was not over.
To Roary, it was nap time. We were sure that this was not normal
behavior for a young cat. We didn’t immediately suspect the
need for cat weight loss-at least not at first.
Roary didn’t look pregnant.
We have a friend that works at a local animal shelter.
She is remarkably tolerant of our less than knowledgeable questions.
Plus, she works really cheap. Her advice was to check the litter
box. What was Roary doing there? And, check the food that he’s
eating. What was he doing there? If there’s an increase at
both ends, then cat weight loss may be just what
the vet ordered. Was Roary processing more on both the input and
We didn’t really have a great benchmark of
output, but intake was down, for sure. This seemed counter-intuitive
as a symptom of cat weight loss. Our dear Roary
was eating less, and seemed to be going through cat litter maybe
just a little faster than before. What was going on?