Friday, August 22, 2014

My Fat FIV Cat TOLERATES Diet

My fat cat needed to trim down before he develops heart disease or diabetes so his veterinarian put him on a diet and taught me how to portion out his meals.  I needed to learn how to feed my FIV cat twice a day and to not give in on his begging for a mid-day snack.
Toys are good food distraction

Let me tell you when FIV cats on a diet are not happy, they are just like little kids; pout when they do not get their way or will develop behavior problems.  When it came to my cat Sam well he needed to learn to eat twice a day without snacking because he has a food addiction that stems from being abandoned and living in the woods for a year.

The first day was the hardest, Sam wanted his mid day snack but did learn that he needed to tolerate the diet because I was not going to give into his little kitty face with the serious pout. 

I found that when I distracted him with cat toys that he soon gave his search for food.  By the end of the day when he had his second meal Sam was fine, but the end of the first week Sam had learned to tolerate the diet and exercise plan. .
Sam playing with tennis ball

To prevent my cat from getting sick I gradually added the blue buffalo weight management chicken and rice to his pet bowl by mixing it in with the old cat food.  By doing this it lessened the chance of my cat developing stomach upset and also he was able to get used to the taste and texture of the new cat food. 
I also put a stop to my cats emotional eating by taking away the food bowl after he walked away.  This put a stop to his grazing all day long bad food habit.

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