Is Your Cat Getting More and More Chubby?

This is Raja, our overweight cat!

Raja started out a reasonably svelte 12 lbs when we got her from a local shelter at age 7. Then, barely 2 years later, she was up to a hefty 15 lbs!

Diet cat foods were no help. Then, I happened to read a book: "Your Cat, Simple New Secrets To A Longer, Stronger Life" and it changed everything.

We invite you to follow our quest for a healthy weight-loss plan for this funny, personable and very talkative cat.

Hopefully, together we can help all our cats live healthier and thinner lives!

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2011-03-01

Wellness Canned Cat Food Recall Alert!

Wellness Canned Cat Food Recall Alert!
(brought to you by Pet Supplies "Plus"):



Recall Alert



WellPet, makers of Wellness natural pet food, are voluntarily recalling some lots of their canned cat foods due to potentially insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine).

From Wellness:

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

  • Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13
  • Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding it to your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.Please contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs.

Read full letter from Wellness CEO Tim Callahan about this Wellness Cat Food recall

View Wellness Press Release

A special thanks to our friends at Pet Supplies "Plus" for this timely warning!

22710 Haggerty Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48335 © 2010 Pet Supplies Plus "USA" www.petsuppliesplus.com

3 comments:

  1. Off topic, sorry, but how is Raja doing with her weight loss plan? I've started my cat on the catkins diet and he appears to be gaining!

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  2. Thanks for asking about "the Raj" as we call her... Well, it's been a couple of years and she has only lost a few ounces!

    We are disappointed that she didn't lose as much as she should, but she is 13 years old and not active at all. We're thinking her inactivity might be what's keeping her from losing more weight faster.

    She is eating less these days (only 1, 3.3oz can of low-carb wet food per day plus a few pieces of Innova Evo low-carb dry food when we're not home for a while) so that's helping too.

    Anyway, although not a miracle weight-loss approach, low-carb wet food has definitely brought her weight under control, since she is not gaining and is slowly (yes, very slowly) losing weight.

    Altogether, we consider this a good thing, but of course not a "great" thing.

    So, be patient with your cat and keep feeding the lowest carb wet food you can find. Even if he/she doesn't lose a lot of weight, your cat should not gain weight unless it has some other physical problem.

    Maybe your vet might be able to explain his/her weight gain?

    One thing does come to mind... Assuming your cat is not a kitten, do not follow the feeding guidelines on the cans of food! They are way too high! Instead, try feeding your adult cat a maximum of 2 cans of 3.3oz food per day and don't react to his/her begging at the bowl.

    We've noticed that Rajah always goes to her bowl asking for food when Lynn is around. When I am the only one at home, she seldom "begs" me for food. That's because I have never fed her whenever she asked for it, and Lynn mostly did and still does.

    Since Rajah isn't begging me for food, we assume that she isn't really as hungry as she makes herself out to be when Lynn is around. Animals (like people) develop habits and apparently Rajah has learned to "train" Lynn to feel sorry for her and feed her whenever Rajah wants.

    Maybe you do something similar? The thing I remember most from my cat research is that cats' systems are used to going hungry for long periods because they traditionally had to hunt for their food.

    Basically, that means they can go practically all day without food and eat only once.

    If you are concerned about one feeding, try feeding your cat a half can in the morning and then the rest of the food when you come home in the evening. That way he/she doesn't "starve", but doesn't have food available all day for grazing and gaining weight.

    Here's hoping you solve this problem.

    Tom

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  3. Thank you for your response! I think you've solved my problem: he's getting a bit OVER 2 cans. I will try to shut my ears to his incessant whining and feed him less.

    Also, I'll have to admit I was feeding him a little (carby) dry during the night because he won't let me sleep if he has no food. I've since done the research and found just how many calories are in a little bit of dry food! Yikes! No wonder he was gaining.

    I appreciate your site and the info you give; it's changed my cat's life. Previously he was a free-feeding, dry-only cat, and since I've switched him to wet, his fur has been transformed (soft and gleaming) even if his weight hasn't gone down.

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