I have a neutered, male, DSH red tabby named Playdough. We adopted him when he was eight months old and he is now almost three and a half years old. Recently, he has had two bad bouts of constipation. We took him in and they cleared him out, but we obviously need to change his diet. The vet put him on Royal Canin Fiber Response dry and recommended a little water, pumpkin, and yogurt go into his food.
The other issue: Playdough now weighs somewhere between 15-16 lbs. This is our fault as owners. Playdough shares the house with us, two other cats, and a small dog. Our last adoption was a kitten, and we free fed her until she was one (three days ago), so Playdough got into her food often. He's been pudgy since becoming an adult, but now it is clearly out of control.
So we have two issues to address: the constipation and the obesity. I want to get him down (eventually) to 12 lbs. In addition to playing with him more, and keeping him from getting in any additional food sources, I roughly sketched out the following diet:
Two meals a day, with each meal being comprised of:
- 52 grams Royal Canin Fiber Response dry cat food = 138 calories
- 1/4 cup water = 0 calories
- 1/2 tbsp canned pumpkin = 3 calories
- 1/2 tsp plain, unsweetened yogurt = 9 calories
Total meal = 150 calories, twice a day for a daily intake of 300 calories.
This is the first time I've had to do more than follow the guidelines on the packaging, so I'm feeling a bit lost. Does this seem plausible?