(Wait. Okay, truth in advertising here: we're determined she'll shed the pounds. Allie kinda thinks free-feeding 24/7 would totally rock, but that's not going to happen.)
|Allie's diet regimen includes delicius grain-free entrees from Purrfect Bistro.|
She's under the supervision of her veterinarian who has given us a daily calorie intake goal, and she's eating a quality wet, grain-free food: Merrick Purrfect Bistro. In fact, Allie's entire new health-kick is being sponsored by Merrick, and we are very appreciative.
Monthly Weigh-in Time
We've learned a lot in the past 4 weeks.
First, that Allie has her human brother wrapped around her paw, which means we suspect she got generous portions while we were in Texas!
Next, there are two different metabolism types to consider when a cat loses weight.
First, the cats who require maintenance calories. This is based on frame size - and what it takes to maintain an ideal weight for that frame. In Allie's case, 267 calories a day.
I thought that was a LOT - in fact, I'm sure Allie's been eating less than this. But our vet wanted to begin here to get a baseline.
The result? As of July 1, Allie had gained 6/10 of a pound. Oops.
I did mention two metabolism types. The other: cats whose metabolisms are a bit slower. The ones our vet called (*delicate cough*) obese prone.
Yes, Allie's in that second group. So we switched her to 216 calories a day and may adjust downward, depending on how she does. Our vet ideally would like to see half a pound lost per week.
Hey, we're on track! Since we've been back from Texas, our girl has shed that 6/10 pound she's gained. Go #TeamAllie !!
|...foreshadowing...? Allie looks a bit worried.|
With the inauguration of this new diet, we've taken pains to make sure Allie's meal time isn't crashed by a certain crazypants kitty. Faraday being, well, Faraday - you can understand our concern.
So when a few new flavors of Purrfect Bistro arrived on Saturday for Allie to try, I gave a bit to Faraday as a "stay out of the way" offering.
The Turkey Pate was a huge hit with both of them.
What I did not expect was what happened next:
Maxwell: Dood, whatcha eating?
Faraday: It's WET food, Maxie, so you won't LIKE it. Go 'way.
|Is that a shocked look on Faraday's face?|
|Wait, maybe we should have said "disgusted."|
This. Is. EPIC.
(Well, okay, and a bit funny. Seriously? What a face, Maxie.)
Faraday: That's MY food, Maxie. Back OFF.
Faraday: That's IT. I'm going IN!
I have been battling Maxwell's addiction to kibble for two years now. This was completely unexpected. And I'm almost giddy at the thought that FINALLY Max will eat wet food!!!
|Allie: "Should I hire a Brinks truck to guard my stash?"|
FTC Disclosure: Our Extreme Feline Makeover series is sponsored by Merrick Pet Care, and we have received both food and a small fee to compensate us for each post. This covers the time it takes to take photos and write our progress reports. Every sponsored post on A Tonk's Tail will always reflect our honest and unbiased opinions. Merrick Pet Care is not responsible for the content of this article, and Grammy’s Pot Pie is not specifically formulated for weight management. This effort is part of an overall health and wellness regime for Allie. And a totally surprising and unexpected bonus for us: for Maxwell's health and wellness too! SCORE!