Ella our cat - poor self-esteem
Hi,when friends enter our house instead of greeting Ella - most of them say to her - girl - you are fat!! Just got back from the vet - she has gained 1 pound in one year from 14 to 15 pounds - she sort of has a square look. She's 5 years old - and about six months ago we changed from Friskies to Wellness or Avoderm. The 5.5 ounce can lasts two days, feeding her twice a day. Before bed time we give her a handful of Science Diet Light dry. We also give her about 5 treats a day. To us that doesn't seem like a lot of food. Vet is concerned about diabetes.
Vet would like to see her at 9 or 10 pounds. He suggested cutting back on the amount of wet food and changing to diet cat food. Also reducing the dry food at night.
Upon returning home we looked into diet cat food on various web sites and didn't see too many positive remarks. Before I forget vet also recommended she might have to go on prescription diet cat food. We don't want that to happen.
Regarding exercise - when playing with her she tends to just turn on her back to play with her toys instead of running around which we try to encourage.
The only recourse we can see is to cut back further on the wet food perhaps making it last three days instead of two -starting slowly - which seems so little to us - keeping her on the brands mentioned above.
Are we missing something? Any suggestions? We are two mushes and love her dearly.
As an after thought my husband gave her a small amount of wet food this morning before doing to the vet - as soon as we returned home she went straight to her empty bowl - laying in front of it for about half an hour - when we looked again she had dragged her (big) bag of dry food to the center of the room trying to get some out with her paw.
We think we have a long road ahead of us. Thanks for your help.