This weeks blog is written by one of our Client Care Team Supervisors. Nerma has committed to getting her cat Mellow to a healthy weight, and we are following her progress regularly. If you missed the first post in this series, read it here>>.
I would love to start off this blog by saying that that it’s been an easy time; I won’t because it hasn’t been.
Mellow: Day 100, 8.94kg (19.6lbs)
Transitioning Mellow to a new food, a reduced calorie diet was relatively simple. I must point out that it’s never been challenging because she’ll eat just about anything. Sort of the issue in the first place ?. The trouble is in her having to eat less: she’s getting fewer calories, and she doesn’t like it. Eating less than one’s accustomed to is difficult.
I have faced a few challenges, but I would like to focus on the things that are working.
As I mentioned, Mellow loves her new food, which is a good starting point.
I’ve found that dividing her allotted daily intake of food to three meals a day has been very helpful in keeping her hunger pangs at bay.
I’ve found the only way to accurately measure the food is by weighing it. A few kibbles here and there make a big difference over time; it certainly stalls her weight loss now. You can find a good food scale almost anywhere; I found mine at Kitchen Stuff Plus for about $21.
I “meal prep” meaning I weigh and store her food in little Rubbermaid containers. I certainly don’t want to bring out the scale three times a day; simply put, I don’t have the time–most of us don’t. This process has helped me stay on track more than anything. There are no excuses when all I have to do is transfer her food from the container to her bowl.
Once a week Mellow gets a special treat, in addition to her set meals. We call this her “cheat meal.” It makes me feel good giving her something she loves, and makes her happy eating what she loves. It’s a reward for the both of us.
I plan on making a few changes going forward, particularly adding wet food to her current meal plan. This will involve tweaking the amount of dry food she is currently getting to make room for the wet.
I will be increasing her exercise since her asthma has been under control this past month. She loves the laser pointer; it’s about the only thing that gets her as excited as food.
We’ve had some ups than downs. I’ve learned that keeping on track is easier than I had anticipated. I’m happy to report that Mellow has lost a small amount of weigh–not as much as I hoped–but I celebrate that small decrease because it makes it all worth it. Our past failures forgotten, I will rejoice in each gram of fat lost because it’s a step closer to our goal.