Okay the other day stopped at an acquaintance’s house. She had a LOVELY cat (Burmese Tree Cat). Very trim and fit and FELINE looking - feline lines. I have two wonderful cats that I adopted from the SPCA (the pound) about 8 years ago - so they’re around 8 yrs old. The male (Bodo) is an uncontrollable glutton, and weighs 15 pounds. And the female (Ginseng) is a little bit chubby weighs 10 pounds. They have been fed IAMS brand dry cat food their entire lives - Now I give 'em the formulation for overweight and elderly cats. I give them each 1/4 cup twice a day - I believe that is what the directions instruct one to provide. But, they are STILL overweight, and I don’t know how to slim them down.
The male gets into the female’s food. She is a mincer and picker. Doesn’t eat her food all in one sitting like the male does. So, later in the day, when he feels hungry or sometimes immediately after he finishes his bowl, he starts on hers. If I am around to witness it, I take it away from him, but I’m often not there. It seems impractical to try feeding them in separate rooms as the female never finishes her food, and so if I were to take her unfinished food and put it away she’d be hungry all day.
I even tried putting her food up an a high shelf that I thought the fat male was too fat to jump up to, he found a way.
SIGH . . . any suggestions?