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 Post subject: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:22 pm 
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Hello all, im new here and am here do to my concerns of my bengal mojo being to fat.
He will not eat raw, ive tried everything, ive tried good foods but have only had luck with feeding him wellness core. His stool is normal and his coat is beautiful but hes fat. Hes active but since he turned 4 hes getting more lazy...i only feed him and my other cat booboo a cup a day combined and shes more lazy and fat as well. If i give them more theres usually some left in the bowl.
Is it normal for him to get a gut?


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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:18 am 
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Mojothebengal wrote:
Hello all, im new here and am here do to my concerns of my bengal mojo being to fat.
He will not eat raw, ive tried everything, ive tried good foods but have only had luck with feeding him wellness core. His stool is normal and his coat is beautiful but hes fat. Hes active but since he turned 4 hes getting more lazy...i only feed him and my other cat booboo a cup a day combined and shes more lazy and fat as well. If i give them more theres usually some left in the bowl.
Is it normal for him to get a gut?


Cats sometimes get some loose flesh in the "gut" region, so that's not the way to determine if your cat is overweight. If there is still doubt about this, talk to your vet about it, or post pictures here (from the side and from the top are best).

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Take at look at the above chart. If your cat is overweight according to the chart, then you'll have to take some action. The things you can do:

1. Make a routine of playing with your cat, playing with interactive toys like dabird. Also doing things like providing climbing opportunities, with incentives like desirable warm beds at the top can help.
2. Feed your cat less. If you are feeding the same as when they were younger, then yes, you are probably over-feeding. One strategy is to feed them, let them eat what they want at that sitting, then remove the bowl.
3. Feed your cats food that contain less empty calories. That will require feeding canned (or raw) food instead of dry (I'm assuming you are feeding dry food now? I think Wellness Core comes in both canned and dry). If you decide to go this route, you'll probably have to go through a period of a lot of experimentation. Just remember that the food has to work for your particular cats.

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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:11 pm 
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Brian's post is excellent!!! Bengals are highly active, so weight should not be a problem. Your vet would have mentioned to you that your bengal is overweight. If your bengal has a saggy belly, it is the primordial pouch that many bengals have, which has carried over from the asian leopard cat. Mine has one and everyone asks if he has had kittens. LOL

Bengals are highly muscular and lean. See where your kitty falls on the image that Brian posted. There are weight control cat foods out there. You just have to make sure your bengal eats it and not your other kitty. However, every cat needs an annual vet visit -- and your bengal's weight will be the key. Males generally weigh between 10 and 15 pounds, but I have seen pictures of some weighing much more. Note that IF your bengal is overweight, they weight loss must be slow! A pound loss to a bengal is huge, compared to a pound loss for a human. If you have a scale, step on it and weigh yourself, then grab your kitty and weigh the both of you. Subtract the first weight and you'll know how much your kitty weighs. Mine stays at about 11 pounds. And he will turn 11 in March.


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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:16 pm 
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It's true, that primordial pouch can make a cat look really fat! Thomas' would drag the floor sometimes because in the winter it acquired a large ruff of fur on top of everything else.

The other aspect is that Bengals were bred to be muscular and stocky, with dense bones. So they are very solid feeling. Sometimes people don't realize that and are disappointed because they wanted a more svelt and exotic looking animal. But I've grown to love that about them.


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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:23 pm 
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My Raiden is not svelt. He is long and lean! My other regular kitty is quite stocky! Solid! In my research and viewing thousands of bengals, I've seen a couple of breeder studs who were stocky and large, but most are really lean and mean! :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:48 pm 
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He is on a lean cat food. Hes very picky too.
He reminds me of a penguin sitting on a egg lol. Hes active very playful. But lazy too haha. I would post a picture but it keeps telling me my files to large.
My vet did say he was a little over weight
But also told me hes the only bengal he sees...


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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:16 pm 
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Ouch. Your vet is not familiar with bengals! Thankfully our vet treats not only bengals but savannahs. A bengal will not look like your normal cat. If your boy is under 15 pounds, I wouldn't worry too much. You can try to get him to become more active with playtime. If it is just his gut hanging down -- it's no worry. Research "primordial pouch" and you will learn a lot! Raiden's will drag against some tall grass, too. Many bengals do not have a pouch, but many of them do. It's not a big deal!


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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:52 pm 
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Thank you everyone, i did a little research and its the pouch thats hanging down. He looks like hes had kittens lol. Hes only like 16 lbs. Hes big bodied with super long tail.


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 Post subject: Re: My Bengal is so fat
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:50 pm 
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Then your baby is not overweight! I swore my Raiden was a female who had kittens when I first saw him. When I took him to the vet because he was limping did I find out he was a neutered male! And I thought he was an ocicat. His previous owner let him run outside and he appeared at my house one day. I thought he was a bobcat, actually. When reading up on bengals, I found the primordial pouch thing and knew that was exactly what he had. It sort of sways when he is trotting down the street on our walks. I think your baby is just fine and you have nothing to worry about. I hope you are relieved!


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