Sister Saturday with Sweet Gracie

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Happy Birthday MargHappy Birthday to the ever so special Marg

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Hello everyone, and Happy Birthday Marg!!!  I hope you all are having a nice Saturday. It seems like there is always something going on here, and recently it seems to center around diets. I could sure think of more fun things to do.

Anyways, we need some help and suggestions from you, if you have any ideas that is. My diet isn’t working out well. I’m gaining weight instead of losing weight. My Dad and Mom are afraid my health is going to go downhill because of my weight. So, here’s the deal. We are a multi-cat household with six of us living and eating downstairs. We eat wet food and dry food, but we’re slowly getting rid of the dry food. We have to leave food out for Zoe because she needs access to food to help control her glucose levels (she is a diabetic in remission). I know you can already see where this is going. If the food is there, I’ll eat it, usually most if not all of it. When Dad cuts back, I eat what is there and everyone else goes hungry. The question is how to keep one kitty (me) on a portion control diet. I really don’t want to fat myself to death.

So, I’m going to make this short and sweet today. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Love you all!

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40 thoughts on “Sister Saturday with Sweet Gracie

  1. Austin Towers

    Gracie, are you sure it ain’t just floof?? You look gorgeous, but my human understands where you’re coming from!! Is there any chance you could have food served to your boudoir and the others eat elsewhere, somewhere where you can’t go? Probably not feasible!! x0x0x0

  2. Marg

    Brian, thanks so much for the nice birthday wishes.
    The Mom here knows just how you feel. It is so hard to feed a lot of cats that live together. The only thing I can think of is to try to put Zoe’s food somewhere she can find it and not Gracie. I know that probably isn’t possible. Wish I had a good suggestion for you. You all have a great day.

  3. Nerissa's Life

    I wish I could help you there, my friend. Peeps have the same issue with those ol’ long-haired marmalade brothers of mine. Anderson, in particular. Tell you what. I’ll put my thinking cap on and if I come up with anything, I’ll let you know. And perhaps you could let me know if you come up with anything at your end. You know what they say… They say, two heads are better than one! Unless, of course, they’re attached to the same shoulders. MOUSES!


  4. Emma

    We only have two cats and it is tough because Bert tends to be on the well rounded side, and he will eat everything out there that is food. My kitties eat two meals a day monitored by Mom. But, you have the glucose thing with one kitty, so that wouldn’t work. Tough one!

  5. Sammy

    Gosh my friend, I have the opposite issue – I’m too skinny! This thyroid thing is a bummer! I truly don’t know how you work it in a multiple cat household when some of you have special circumstances involving food. Wish I had an idea……but I’m fresh out!

    Hugs, Sammy

  6. The Poupounette Gang

    That’s a it of a dilemma, isn’t it, Gracie? We were faced with a somewhat similar issue as Sei-Chan is supposed to eat renal food and nothing else, and Genji should eat high protein (the opposite of Sei-Chan) to keep any further pancreatitis attacks at bay. We were worried but the issue seems to have resolved itself almost naturally. Sei-Chan is fed her renal food, which she loves, at her very own feeding station above #1’s desk, and she is sticking to that. At the beginning, the others tried to steal it but they have figured out that’s a no-no.

    Is there some way you could put Zoe’s food in a Zoe-only zone? One thing we have done is virtually eliminate high-fat food from everyone’s diet, except for some strictly supervised occasions. The wet food we now give is all under 1% fat, a lot of it under 0.5%. Would that help Gracie? The only other thing we can think of we did was to ask an animal communicator to speak with Sei-Chan and explain things to her. It really seemed to changer her whole attitude.

    Supportive Purrs,
    The Chans

    Crossing paws for you

  7. Pat Hatt

    Orlin is a pain in the arse and won’t stay out of Cassie’s food which she needs for her allergies and it gives him the runs. So we have little ideas on it. Other than to only put it down when someone is able to watch, but can’t do that at your sea.

  8. easy rider

    I hope for a lot of comments and tips and tricks how you can solve that problem….
    and a wonderful and happy birthday to Marg , of course… and a good caturday to you all :o)

  9. Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi

    Sorry to hear about the challenges with food! We unfortunately don’t have any suggestions. When we thought Merlin had IBD, we all ended up on his special food, being trying to separate us during mealtimes was difficult.

    The only thing we can think of is trying to have more play time or active toys to help burn off some of the food calories.

    Good luck!

  10. The OP Pack

    We have a hard time getting Ciara’s weight down, but it isn’t because she eats Lightning’s food. We both clean our bowls lickety split. But Mom thinks all the meds and Ciara’s thyroid make it hard for her to lose weight. Wish we had some ideas for you and for Ciara.

    Happy Birthday to that very special lady, Marg!!!

    Woos – Ciara and Lightning

  11. Kitties Blue

    Gracie, if you get some good “doable” suggestion, can you pleas pass them on to us. We feed just like you do, and Mom is having trouble controlling Calista Jo and Lisbeth’s weight. They now even outweigh Mauricio. Good luck. Really hope you get some good info you can share. You are looking mighty pretty today. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  12. Madi

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh geeeez I’m sorry we gals are no help with the diet thingie.
    Mom’s pal has a pup who eats too fast so they have a dish for him that has divisions in it. I don’t know if that would make you eat slower and thus make you ‘feel’ full?
    Good luck
    Hugs madi your bfff

  13. caren gittleman

    oh wow that is a rough one. Since I only have one cat, I have no clue as to how to handle that. I have a baby gate up to keep Dakota away from Cody’s food, but that doesn’t work for cats, they jump right over it! Wishing you the best of luck with that!

  14. Raven

    If your mom & dad are home during the day, maybe they can feed Zoe a mid-day meal so she doesn’t get hungry. If her diabetes is in remission, do her blood sugar levels get wonky if she eats only two big meals?

    I know they make feeders that open/close for a cat who wears a special collar with an electronic chip. I think they’re kind-of pricey, but that could be a solution for Zoe to have access to food that no one else can get into.

  15. Deziz World

    Oh sweet bootyful Gracie, we’re so sorry this is happenin’ to you. Furst and maybe easiest is one of those automatic feeders dat respond to only one kitty. Several kitties have reviewed them. They’re purrobly expensive, but maybe you could talk to da company what makes them and get one in exchange fur a review. Well your daddy can. Da other suggestion we have is dat da food doesn’t stay out but instead when Zoe gets hungry she could tell your mommy or daddy and they could feed her a little in a place dat you aren’t or can’t get too. Which of course leads us to our third suggestion. Trainin’ Zoe to eat up high or seperate from da rest of ya. You know befur sis Lexi got sick, she luvved to eat. And she wuld try to steal everypawdy else’s food. Altho we ate in seperate places fur a different reason, feeding at separate places in general is always a good idea just in case there are situations like this. Mommy sed she would never feed kitties side by side again cuz of this. She’s learned a lot these last few years. We hope one of our suggestions or sumpawdy else’s work fur ya’ll. We’re sendin’ lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya’


  16. Ellen Pilch

    I don’t know how much they are, but there are dishes that open and shut by a sensor on the cat’s collar so only that cat can eat. Maybe you could contact the company about doing a review and explain the situation. No matter what size you are, you are gorgeous.

  17. Pretinha

    Gracie nós temos problemas semelhantes aqui, eu li todas as sugestões que os seus amigos deixaram, espero que alguma delas ajude você!
    Tenham um ótimo final de semana!

  18. Flynn

    I have no suggestions Gracie. I have the opposite problem and used to have only wet food, but I have good quality kibble down all the time now as well to encourage me to eat and to try and stop me losing weight.

  19. Mickey's Musings

    Yup, that is a dilemma.
    You may have to guard Zoe as she eats or put her in a Zoe only room when she gets her noms. That may be easier if she has set times for eating.
    That said, we think you look lovely Gracie 🙂

    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  20. Cats of Wildcat Woods

    We pulled up all dry food and leave out wet for the cats and most lost weight just doing that. Do you feed more than twice a day? If you do just leave the food out for an hour or so and then pull it up so someone can’t eat all the food. Mr Kitty does that and he still lost weight even with food down – just no dry food.

    Wishing Marg Happy Birthday!

  21. Hilary

    Gracie, we certainly don’t want to see you fat yourself to death. Have you guys tried the dry food feeding toys? Lucy was eating supper fast and also gaining weight. Our cousin, the vet, suggested giving her dry in the toy and she got used to working for it and slowed down…

  22. Sherriellen T-D.

    Mee askde LadyMum I shee had any ideass. Not a whispurr…..
    Shee did suggest if there was a place higher up that Zoey could have her food an Gracie could have herss on thee ground……
    Not sure if that iss any good.
    Gracie yur still a gorgeeuss gurl!!!
    **paw kissess** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxx an LadyMum 🙂

  23. Cathy Keisha

    I GOT IT but I’m sure someone already suggested it. What about one of those bowls for Zoe that reads her microchip so she’s the only one who can get the food????

  24. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101)

    CK posted the link, I’d suggest. It’s not perfect but short of isolating her in one room at night and supervised meal times during the day, there aren’t a lot of options. I’m sure you can get the feeder for free for a review.

  25. meowmeowmans

    Happy birthday to Marg! We sure do love her, and are glad she was born on this day. 🙂

    Gracie, that’s a tough predicament you’re in. I have an idea, and will email you … not sure if it will work, but something to think about.


  26. Summer

    I don’t remember what it’s called, but there is a kind of food dish that remains closed and only opens up for the cat whose food it is meant for (I believe it works by microchip reading). If Zoe is the only kitty who needs food left out, the dish could be for her, and everyone else would just have to eat their meals and not expect to get anything in between.

  27. The Island Cats

    Gracie, that’s a tough one. Somehow your dad needs to keep Zoe’s food away from you so you won’t be tempted to eat it. But we don’t know how best to do that.

  28. KB

    Oh Gracie, that’s a hard problem. Is there any way to make it so that you cannot get access to that food that the rest of the group needs? I don’t know enough to know how to do it. I’m so sorry not to have any good suggestions.

  29. Nellie

    Oh Gracie…mes wishes mes could share your appetite with mes!
    Mommy is at her wits end because mes is NOT eating.
    Mes will keeps yous in my purrayers.
    PS. Brian mes would comes and cuddles with yous too…

  30. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    Oh DEARZ, Allie is in much the same boat!
    Our Aunt Connie thinks that going raw will help because it seems raw-fed cats lose weight.
    Not sure if that’ll help or not – when Maxie went to wet food, he shed the pounds like CRAZY…

  31. diane

    We have a similar problem with 3 cats and (1) not supposed to eat certain type.

    Could you take away the hard food and just steal Zoe extra treats during the day when you find her somewhere by herself?

  32. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    Best suggestion is the feeder programmed to one cat.

    That is a review Julie McAlee did . The challenge you have is Zoe’s need to munch periodically, as you well know. I would try this feeder if I had this dilemma. I, personally, have not experienced that my girls have lost an ounce eating raw. BUT, that said, they do get a highly controlled amount of special kibble during the day. Bad habit I know. We are currently becoming fretful about Savannah’s weight so we are watching her intake like hawks on mice. She tends to prefer her kibble so she is a snack-o-holic at night.Gracie must lose weight and maintain the loss or else as you well know, another diabetic could emerge in your care.

    Go for the feeder IMHO

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