I have a five year old male cat named Marble; unfortunately he is overweight, although he is a big boy with bigger frame.
I want him to avoid developing a potential life threaten condition. I lost my first cat many years ago, and was heartbroken--I never want it to happen again. So I'm trying to help Marble get healthier and lose some weight.
The problem is that he has built a routine where, whenever I eat, he is expecting special treats--and I already cut his treats by only feeding 1/3 or 1/4 of that small container at a time, twice a day. I personally don’t think that’s too much but I could be wrong; my girlfriend used to blame me for our previous cat's obesity issue, even though he was only with me alone for a couple of months before she took him away.
But it could be that I never realized the way I treat my cat is wrong, so I'm looking for some ideas to help my current cat lose weight and get healthier. I'm not sure what the options are out there, should I leash walk him regularly, force him to be more active, or buy some sort of exercise wheel? He is picky with new things, for example, a cushion bed bought for him sat there for three years, and he only started using it right before I was about to throw it away, and he never liked the litter robot either. I'm hesitant to buy new equipment knowing he may never use it. I also thought about adopting another cat, so he has a buddy to play with, could be more active, and at least won't be lonely when I'm traveling.