Posted by: Ingrid | March 1, 2009

Amber is on a diet


(No, this is not Amber).  Now that Amber is the only cat again, it will hopefully be a little easier to get her to lose some weight, since I can control her food intake better.  During the last weeks of Buckley’s life, when she was eating so poorly, I left food out at all times, even when I wasn’t home.  Obviously, Amber took advantage of that, since she now weighs over 14 pounds.  I’d like to get her back down to a healthier 12 pounds.  She’s currently eating Wellness canned food, and I’m cutting her back to 2/3 of a can a day.  She’s not too terribly thrilled with this turn of events.

A word about feline diet:  cats should eat canned food, preferably grain-free canned food.  A cat’s natural diet is mice, and mice are primarily protein.  Cat’s bodies are not designed to process carbohydrates and grain, and a lot of the degenerative diseases we’re seeing in cats didn’t start to appear until the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, when commercial dry cat foods high in carbohydrates came on the market.  Some veterinarians say cats need dry food to keep their teeth clean, but that’s simply not true.  Most cats don’t chew their dry food long enough to achieve any benefit from the food scraping the tartar off their teeth. 

The more natural your cat’s food, the better.  Some brands I like are Wellness, Innova, EVO, Merrick, and California Natural.  You can find a lot of these brands at Only Natural Petstore.


  1. Amen to that!! My bet is that twenty years from now, we are going to look back on the epidemic of inflammatory bowel disease we are seeing in cats today, and how that all went away when we took grains out of their diets, and we are going to say to ourselves…. What were we thinking???!! Cats don’t run around eating wheat and oats in the wild! Of course they do better without that!
    And allergies….. and diabetes….. and obesity….. and on and on…..
    Good on you Ingrid!!!
    PS: a note, though, to those who go farther down this train of thought to raw diets: it’s one thing to catch mice in the wild, and quite another to eat raw meat produced in an intensive agricultural setting. The pathogens we nurture in those settings, while handled just fineby cooking, are NOT okay to eat raw. Don’t think a raw diet is good just because it’s “closer to natural;” raw diets produced through agriculture are NOT natural at all and can be very dangerous!
    Now, does natural caught mouse present some diseases (mostly parasites) to cats? Yes, but these are diseases and parasites that cats have been exposed to for millenia, and have been evolutionarily selected to have a natural immunity against. Again, NOT the same thing as eating commercially produced raw diets.
    Just my two cents (or two dollars in this current market.)

  2. […] digesting grains.  Our pets also do better on grain-free diets.  See my previous posts “Amber is on a diet“  and “How to choose healthy foods for your pet” for more information about […]

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