One of my cats is grumpy – really grumpy. Hazel has been put on a diet.
Cats don’t do diets very well. They don’t care if they are svelte. They just want to eat!
If they go outside, they supplement their diet with a bird or mouse.
They won’t exercise. Except for Morgan, getting out the cat dancer toy brings eye rolls from the other cats. Forgetabout the laser thingie. That’s a thing of the past.
When we added Morgan, Hazel started to eat more. Perhaps she was self medicating or just making sure she got her fair share. She gained several pounds in a short period of time. She looks like a fireplug – a big gray fireplug.
Putting one cat on a diet when you have four cats including a diabetic and youngster, isn’t easy.
They eat each other’s food even though they all get fed in separate rooms.
They steal each other’s food even though they all get the same stuff.
Sometimes one doesn’t eat at all and you have no idea which one ate the stuff you put down.
It’s hard to make sure everyone gets their own rations. I had to stop free feeding (keeping dry food available all the time). That made everyone (including me) cranky.
Jake needs a 5 a.m. snack. He’s diabetic so he eats every so many hours. That means I get up at 5 to put down some dry crackers for him to snack on and hope that Hazel doesn’t suck up the leftovers. I’m sure she does. I also think she’s sneaking bug snacks like spiders too.
Next week Hazel is going to the V-E-T who won’t be happy with the weight gain. We will run some tests to make sure it’s not a medical issue. Then it’s serious weight loss.
I wonder if they have Nutrisystem for cats.