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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Twofur Tuesday

TBT:  Two Brofurs in the afternoon sunlight, sittin in a tree...

 Marley doesn't get up to the top platform very often these days.  He may be getting a bit arthritic.  Or he might just be overweight.  He outweighs Laz and Ayla combined...  He is 16.6 (on my digital scale, with both of us first and then just me).  Laz is 8.8 and Ayla is 6.6.  

About that:  He weighed 18 pounds in Feb.  The vet recommended he lose a couple pounds and gave me a form to use to track his calorie intake.  I looked at it later at home and had to laugh.  I would have to weigh his food, calculate the calorie intake for each meal according to the can nutrition data at gram level (ounces are too crude a measure), make sure he never ate anything from another bowl (no leftovers), and track everything weekly.

That would mean standing guard over every meal, taking up the bowls with uneaten food immediately, and not leaving an "overnight" meal for The Mews.  Yeah, like that's going to make them happy...

On the other hand, I've been a bit more careful with the food.  For years, I gave Marley more food "because" he was bigger.  As in a human football player needs more food than a female gymnast.  But that gets into a reinforcement pattern.  The heavier he got, the more food I thought he needed.

So, as I said, I started backing off on "food by weight" and gone to "needed food".  He has lost about 1.2 pounds since Feb and seems happy enough.  He still gets plenty of it.  I'm going for 16 pounds, slowly.  

Some cats (like Marley) will eat everything available and then nose into others' bowls.  Ayla eats only what she needs (6.6 pounds for years, day in and day out anytime I weigh her.  I would actually LIKE to plump her up a bit, but she eats what she eats and then stops.  

Laz is in between.  He is finicky.  He was raised on kibble and I think mostly wet food is better overall.  It has been a bit of debate between he and I.  So, sometimes I toss a few kibbles on his wet food.  When he eats the kibbles his "eat mode" is on and he finishes the rest.  And I have gotten in the habit of making "First Dinner" (about 5pm) an all-kibble meal.  Marley and Ayla think that is fine, too.

I should mention that Laz weighed 9.6 pounds when he arrived here and 8.8 now.  Well, he was an inside cat for his first 3 years with nothing to do.  Now that he is loving the backyard, he burns up more energy.  8.8 seems to be his more "natural, active" weight.  At least, he sometimes leaves a bit of food in his bowl, so he isn't hungry.

More than I expected to type for this post...  LOL!