Spayed cat rapid weight gain?
Topic: Spayed cat rapid weight gain?
October 20, 2019 / By Alby Question:
I had my 2.5 year old cat spayed a few months ago and she has gained a ton of weight since. I haven't altered her diet at all. She's an indoor cat because I live downtown Toronto so she doesn't get "exercise" very often unless I bust out the laser pointer. Any advice on how I can get her to lose weight (specific diet food brands or tips)? She went from being a normal sized cat to having a stomach the size of a CFL football. And yes I'm sure it's just fat and not some other possible health issue.
i don't have a scale in my home, but i could easily go buy one and i'm not against paying more for my cat's food if it's healthier and will help her loose weight. i do feed her some canned cat food everyday and always have a bowl of fresh water and 1/2 cup of dry food out for her. i'll go look for some of those brands at a pet store tomorrow. thanks!
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Sydney | 9 days ago
It's great to know that you realize that you cat has gotten more weight than she could handle and needs help. Studies have shown and proved that a spayed female will require less food than what she is used to. The caloric requirement is about 20%-30% less than what she normally eats. Therefore, reduce the amount of feeding and check on her weight periodically
However, this has to be done slowly and gradually. There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind and one of the most important is to never cut out her food too much, too soon. With an overweight cat, weight loss has to happen gradually to prevent fatty liver disease.
Here's a great website with well researched info and guide on how to properly create a diet plan:-
A Short summary:-
To get a cat to lose weight, do the following after consulting with your veterinarian:
1.) Have a thorough physical exam, lab tests, and accurate weigh recorded. Be sure to rule out hypothyroidism or other metabolic disorders.
2.) Feed less food than you have been
3.) Feed foods high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrate
4.) Feed small portions at intervals (2x to 4x per day) rather than continuous free access/ free choice
5.) Increase the cat’s activity/exercise by enriching the cat’s environment
6.) Reweigh the cat at three to four week intervals to assess your weight loss diet’s progress
7.) Reconsider the total daily amount fed if weight gain or no weight loss is noted
8.) Once the cat is at an idea weight, adjust the total amount fed so that the cat’s body weight remains stable.
In addition to reducing calorie intake, it is important to increase the calories used. Exercise programs for cats are more difficult to design than those for dogs. Some cats will walk on a leash and this would be excellent exercise. Even just going outside under supervision can get the cat to move around a bit more. Some cats enjoy watching cat 'videos'; it may not be that much exercise, but at least it keeps them alert and prone to bat at the TV at least a few times. Buy the cat some new toys and initiate play with the cat. Try a little catnip. In addition to burning a few extra calories, exercise and play may help keep the cat's focus away from the food bowl.
Kindly read through the important tips and you can start her on the road to a better body and healthier life!
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Originally Answered: I need rapid weight loss for my rapid weight gain! HELP?
"I know blah blah rapid weight loss is not healthy but when you have rapid weight gain that is not health either."
Well, unhealthy isn't the only issue here. Rapid weight loss isn't permanent. That's the problem. That's why people go on crash diets, only to gain the weight back...usually a little more...when they stop the diet. Those crash diets work quick because they're insane and unhealthy, meaning that you'll have to stop the diet (or eventually die) and therefore gain weight back. That goes for phentermine as well. I used to sell supplements and people came in for stuff to help them lose weight. "I was taking phentermine," they'd say. "That stuff worked great but when I stopped taking it, I got fat again...and now my doctor won't prescribe it to me so I'm in here." That's how it always happens. Why? Because phentermine affects your body while you're taking it. It doesn't teach you how to make good choices with your food (type of food and amount), it doesn't teach you to exercise several times a week.
I know you gained it rather quickly, but that doesn't mean that OMG I HAF 2 LUZ IT NAO!!!11 That just means you have to lose it. So get on a real nutrition program and a real exercise program.
P.S. Birth control has been proven to not add significant weight, and I've had ovarian cysts rupture and gained no weight. Perhaps the pain just caused you to eat more and do far less, in which case the weight gain was due to that.
If the weight gain was due to hormonal fluctuations that caused you to retain water, for example (and this does happen sometimes), then getting rid of that hormonal fluctuation will rectify this. You already said you got off birth control. If getting off birth control didn't fix it, then it wasn't the birth control that caused it.
if food was your only source of pleasure make sure to reconnect with other things you enjoy music sports volunteer work or movies for example
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get your zzzzzs sleep deprivation alters levels of hormones in the body that regulate hunger causing an increase in appetite
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researchers found that dieters who ate eggs in the morning were less hungry than those who ate carb heavy meals
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Here's a weight chart: http://www.realage.com/pet-health/cat-di...
To get your cat on a diet you should cut kibble out of the diet, kibble is bad for cats anyway, as cats need more moisture in their diet (in the wild they aren't eating dried things!) and they aren't as likely to drink enough water to compensate for this, leading to a lot of issues... dehydration being a huge one, on top of weight gain (kibble has too many carbs), and things like diabetes and kidney failure.
The best wet food to feed is grain free, it's more expensive, but it's healthier. Cats do not need grain in their diet and anything with it is just adding "filler"... plus, a lot of cats develop allergies to grains.
Evo, Fromm, Before Grain, Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Merrik, Go!, Innova...
If you can't afford that, a decent lower priced food is Chicken Soup for the Cat.
If you won't feed wet for some reason, a few of the best kibble brands are Origen, Solid Gold, and Acana. Two decent lower priced kibble brands are Chicken Soup for the Cat and Kirkland (from Costco).
Also, cut back on what you're feeding her. Weigh her every week and keep track of her weight.
EDIT: Iams, and anything else you can find in a grocery store is not high quality food. It's similar to living off of fast food, "meat" byproduct (beaks, feet, eyes, feathers...), meal (stuff that's been dried and lost a lot of nutritional value), unsafe preservatives and various other unnecessary filler foods like grains.
Check this cat food review site: http://petfoodtalk.com/catfoodreviews
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I didnt get my cat spayed until she was two and a half years old. It didn't change her any. Except that she doesnt go into heat anymore. And thats ok with me. All that howling for a boyfriend was getting obnoxious. Shes still the same cat, just more content with life.
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No problem. I have three cats and the oldest blossomed to 21 pounds. I put all of them on calorie counter cat food or iams indoor, weight, hairball food. Comes in blue bag and states that on the front. All of my cats have lost weight over 2 months. Purina also has a weight management food that is great. Hang in there.
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Originally Answered: Rapid weight gain! SOMEONE HELP!?
Everyone fluctuates between 3 to 7 pounds in weight gain and weight loss constantly due to water weight or what they ate and it has NOTHING to do with getting fat.
Stop standing on the scale, it does not measure your lean muscle, bone and fat. It only weighs your entire body at one given time and that changes constantly back and forth for everyone.
I love your question, it sounds so seious until I read it and it made me laugh. Thank you!