I know it sounds cruel, but I have to put Callie on a diet! The steroid cream that is rubbed in her ear for her asthma attacks is causing her appetite to be stimulated and she is gaining too much weight. Hanging around in the confines of the RV is not enough room for her to run around in, and the walks we go on are not long enough to keep her weight down. I feel terrible about doing it, but the vet has told me she can’t gain any more weight.
She has always done very well with self-control and her figure has held at a svelt, 8 pounds for years. I could leave a bowl of dry food out for her and she would nibble a few here and there every couple of hours or so. But now she is up to about 9.5 pounds, which is a pound and a half too much for her size. She has a small head and her tail is not her best feature. I have always joked that Callie needs a tail extension to really put her in the category of BEAUTIFUL instead of just an adorable, cute, cat.
When the pretty fish patterned harness with the turquoise green bow tie is velcroed on snugly around her rib cage, poor Callie has quite a rotund tummy and it is only getting bigger by the day. This makes her tail seem even more pathetic and her head teeny tiny! I am not one to judge, I am about 10 pounds heavier than I should be myself, but in order to keep Callie healthy, she has to bite the bullet and reduce her caloric intake and it is up to me to see that she does.
My daughter suggested that I measure out the amount that is required for her ideal weight, (which should be 8 pounds) and found out that Callie can only have 1/2 cup of dry cat food per day! That seems really cruel to me. She is also on a restricted ingredient diet because of her itchy ears and Science Diet, Venison and Peas is all she can eat. And to restrict the amount she can eat at this time in her life seems unnecessarily cruel. But I am determined to keep her healthy, so I measured out the cat food and placed it in the freezer and have been giving her 15 kibble pieces every time she begs for food. At night, I will leave out whatever is left over from the day and allow her to finish up as much as she wants out of the original 1/2 cup.
Today she hardly put a dent in the food bowl, so I am very relieved that her first day on the diet went so well. I don’t think she missed it that much and seems just fine with the new plan. I was leaving her bowl filled to capacity whenever we left the RV just to make her feel better, actually it was to make me feel better, and now I know it was a big mistake. Callie was eating out of boredom and I was feeding her to appease my own emotions and the guilt of leaving her in the RV all alone.
So I am very pleased to inform you that her first-day of dieting went better than I had imagined it would be, and she has close to a 1/2 cup of food left over to pig out on while we sleep. I will keep everyone updated on her and my success and will even consider giving up chocolate during her weight loss days. We must be a unified front at such difficult times. I for one hate dieting, love to eat, and my solution is to exercise more. Callie can’t do that, so a reduction of calories will have to suffice!