Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday

Tanner continues to do well on his diet, um, lifestyle change...another praise this week! 
Current weight 19lbs 5oz...a loss of 7 ounces! 
This was a pretty big jump, and we don't expect to see that every week, but it is good to know the plan is working. 
He definitely has more energy and desire to move.  He asks to play with his string toys every morning and evening.  He will walk down the hall to follow the string as opposed to waiting for it to come back to him!  He rolls around on the floor still, but it is more athletic looking rather than beached whale floundering on the coast. 
I think this diet is easier for us to stick to because we had already been feeding on a schedule and Tanner was used to it.  We have also learned how to ration the food more effectively on the weekends when we are home...he tends to beg when he sees you, if you are in the kitchen, and it can be hard to not give in. 
Things we have noticed and are keeping an eye on:
  • Softer poops from all the canned food.  He seems to be firming back up a bit now...
  • Chin acne, I suppose from the canned food getting on his face more...  I am using a flea comb to comb the 'dirt' off his chin.
  • Not worrying about this, but it is nice to see...his skin is less dry.  Usually when I brush him, around his back, near the tail, there are dandruff flakes, but lately I've not seen as much of that.
Again, thanks to everyone for checking in on Tanner and for sending those 'thin' thoughts!
We will try to get back to more posts, but for now we will continue with the weekly Weight Loss Wednesday updates. 


  1. Good for Tanner! We hope he keeps slowly and healthily losing the pounds.

    RE: kitty dandruff: Derry has a lot, and this in spite of his 95% canned diet, and various brands of canned. He doesn't like fish, so hasn't been tempted by fish oil in the past, not sure if I can offer him anything else for that. Otherwise his fur is soft and healthy--thick, but soft. Nicki has glorious fur, finer than Derry's and not as thick, and I note that he eats the same foods as Derry yet doesn't have dandruff. Go figure.

  2. The key is exercise and it is great Tanner is playing. Our Buddy has the habit of laying while playing and it took a lot of Dad effort to get him to chase. Now he is going nuts as he sees how much fun it is.
    Great job!
    Good health to you Tanner!

  3. After reading so much info on the care of diabetic cats I have two tips-
    1. Soft as pudding poops are ok. Don't ask me where I read that, cannot remember. (LOL)
    2. Bumpy chin with "dirt" is (can be) an allergy to plastic. Our Smudgie suffered from a dirty chin and awful "acne". Vet said it could be an allergy to plastic food and water bowls. We started using all glass/ceramic and her chin cleared up.
    I'm not a real cat doctor but play one at home. Take all with a grain of salt.

  4. Paws up for Tanner's good progress! Keep up the good work, buddy!

  5. Way to go, Tanner! We're proud of you, and of the peeps for helping you get fit. :)

  6. We hope Tanner continues to lose! Good job, Tanner!


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