Friday Large Lily Blogging

According to the vet, Lily now weighs fifteen pounds:


The vet says she needs to lose six of those pounds. It isn’t going to be easy…
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  • Alexandra  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    This is one big pretty girl!
    I’m bad in understanding pounds so I tried to calculate kgs with google.Sounds like if Lily really loses those six pounds she’ll become a really tiny girl.

    • Steve  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Welcome, Alexandra! Lily is huge. Google tells me that 1 pound = 0.45359237 kilograms, so 15lb is 6.8kg. If you managed to pick her up, you’d notice the weight!

      I really like your Usyaka photo blog. Thanks for stopping by!

      BTW, Alexandra, you might check out Why Now? by Bryan Dumka, who reportedly speaks Russian well, and takes care of a lot of cats.

  • MandT  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    More to love!

    • Steve  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      More indeed, MandT! She will not suffer herself to be picked up, but when she voluntarily gets in Stella’s lap, Stella is sure to grab a pillow as a cushion against the weight!

      • MandT  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm

        I don’t use the word often, but, dang Usaka is adorable.

  • jams o donnell  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Now there is a big girl!

  • Bryan  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Oh, no, not the ‘D’ word. Badtux has been battling TMF over this issue.

    Yes, 9 pounds would be right, although they tend to put on weight after spaying. You have to do it or there will be health problems in the future, diabetes being the primary.

    I wish you luck, as they tend not to like the ‘diet’ cat food very much, and cat treats are a thing of the past.

    • Steve  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Bryan, indeed they don’t like the diet food. You need to know that this pic was taken AFTER several weeks on the diet food. This D-word is not going to be fun.

  • hipparchia  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    my cousin uses a homemade version of the to ration her cats’ food and to make them work for it.

  • hipparchia  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    hmmm… no html tags allowed?

    buster cube:

    • Steve  On Friday October 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      hipparchia, I looked at the source of your comment, and the link is there in an A tag, but the tag has no content. Not by design would I block links; if it happens again, please let me know. (I can try it, but being the blog owner, I know it works for me.)

      As to the Buster Cube, Stella bought a similar device that requires the cat to use her paw through the top to cause food to drop into the bottom, which itself has openings that limit access. The problem was, Esther could never figure it out, and while Lily (who did, quite promptly) continued eating all she wanted, Esther was starving. For a while, that was OK, because Esther could stand to lose some weight herself. But it wasn’t a satisfactory solution going forward.

      • hipparchia  On Saturday October 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

        i can see how that would be a problem. i’ve been fortunate with my crew. i can leave bowls of dry food out for them all the time, and pretty much everybody eats just enough. i’ve got one or two who are a bit on the pudgy side, but nobody needs a drastic intervention [knock on wood].

        my cousin uses bottled water bottles, making holes in the bottles just big enough for the cat food to fall out. the bottles roll easily enough that the cats don’t have to be geniuses to figure them out, and there’s always more than one bottle so that one cat can’t hog all the food.

        • hipparchia  On Saturday October 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

          ha, it worked this time [tags].

          you could try attacking the problem from the other angle – more exercise. fun to watch the videos on youtube anyway 🙂

          • Steve  On Saturday October 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

            hipparchia, thanks for the suggestions. I’ll message Stella to read this thread. Surely there’s some way to do this w/o either cat’s starving or bloating.

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