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    How to fatten up a cat?

    Ozzy is our new cat, a rescue, and he's always been skinny! The cats get canned twice a day and he usually eats pretty well.

    Now the problem is our other cat, Coconut, is a pig. I can't leave a bowl of kibble out 24/7 or she will eat herself to death - we've tried it for a month or more and she just ends up getting sick and eating about 2 cups or more a day (that was when she was an only cat too, and it was good cat food, for her size she should have been eating 3/4 of a cup a day).

    Should I move Ozzy onto a canned kitten food? Or offer him some high calorie dry at night or something and lock Coconut in the basement? More of the regular canned? Just wondering what might help. He's fine otherwise, no issues, everything checked out...

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    Re: How to fatten up a cat?

    Is he really truly underweight, or just a bit slim? Do his hip bones or vertebrae stick out? If he's just slim, let him be. Maybe give him a bit more food than you have been. But most pet cats are fat, so when we see a cat of healthy weight we think he's too skinny, LOL. I have one that's very slim, but no jutting bones so I don't worry about her.

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    Re: How to fatten up a cat?

    I have the same issue with my cats. I had my one cat for 7 years, free-fed and no problems. But, once I got the second cat, I couldn't leave food out anymore, and he also eats whatever he can from cat #1s food, making #1 become pretty skinny. I tried feeding them separately, but my skinny cat prefers to graze, and won't go into small spaces where fatty won't fit.

    I always thought with cats that dry food helped pack on the pounds more while canned food was healthier, but I have nothing to back that up. I just try to give my skinny cat some extra table food now and then (meat, not junk food).

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