Since there have been a couple of questions, I thought I'd give a rundown of the kitties' diet. I have tried feeding them separate portions, but since they end up trading bowls anyway, they now just share a dish. They eat mostly canned food, and I keep a few different types on rotation (all grain-free): Wellness chicken paté, EVO chicken paté, Nature's Variety Instinct duck paté, and Nature's Variety Instinct rabbit paté. I usually mix two different kinds together, which the cats prefer, and which keeps them from getting bored. The cats share about 1.75 ounces of their canned food mixture in the morning and in the evening (the measurement isn’t precise – I just portion out the big cans as accurately as I can). The cats also have a bowl of the grain-free Nature’s Variety dry food (chicken, I think) that is refilled in the morning and left out all day. I do measure that pretty precisely: they get 1/3 cup every day, although they rarely eat more than 1/4 cup. Any excess is measured back in with the next day’s food. As much as I would like to feed the cats canned food only, my schedule isn’t always very regular and I need to be able to leave some food out. I have fiddled with the portions of canned vs. dry, but the cats refuse to eat more than 1.75 ounces; any excess is left in the dish until it’s dry, at which point it is ignored.
I have looked into the recommended portions of the various foods, and used to feed the cats exactly that amount. However, that resulted in an alarming weight gain, so I slowly decreased the portions and am now feeding them considerably less. This is working well for Scarlett, obviously, as she has lost over a pound in the last three months. She is also a lot more active and plays more with her toys than I’ve ever seen her do before. I doubt I can get Scarlett down to nine pounds again since she was a young outdoor cat the last time she was that slim, but it’s something to aim for.
As for Melly, she’s been a lot less active lately, which could either be a function or a result of her weight gain. I think that engaging her in play to bring her activity level back up will be really helpful. She is a bigger cat than Scarlett is, so I think 10.5 pounds is an appropriate goal weight for her, although at this point, I’d be thrilled if I could get her to lose any weight. I think it’s time to finally get that big digital kitchen scale I’ve been eyeing so I can monitor this!
And also, camelama, that video is hilarious.