OMG for a 17lb cat she needs much more than you are feeding her....thats like eating 500 cal. a day for yourself, I support you cutting her down gradually but not so fast teresa. she needs her calories for energy, cutting back so drastically will cause health problems..
HOw much was she eating previously?
Merrick is a good brand of food, however fish diet isn't good to be on for long term, can you alternate with chicken or beef as well?
i think i had her at 1 or 2/3 cup dry. i think i ought to have her stay at 1/2 but perhaps switch her to a protein based dry cat food.
Or maybe just have her at 1 cup, or at 2/3.
may also have to get her on a reduced fat cat food
am feeding her purina one salmon and tuna, switching her to purina one beyond, then gradually to evo reduced fat.
in that area for reduced fat i have gotten her Evo reduced fat dry cat food
im going to get her merrck before grain canned and dry.
will try her with chicken , turkey as well as beef.
And i got her chicken and salmon newmans own as well.
would getting her started at 1 cup and then very very slowly move her to 2/3 be a careful beginning of her diet with dry?
sure, just reduce the amount slowly...I am also sending you a site where you can read alot more infor on nutrition and good brands of cat food, Evo, Merrick, are both very good ones however I do strongly recommend feeding cans rather than dry, the dry is so low in moisture(even if she drinks lots)...and the low moisture can lead to many health problems, cans are so much better for them...and try to feed small meals but at least 2 per day..3-4 is even better if possible.
heres the site. good luck
if i have to get it lower via size from one cup to 2/3 i will use a teaspoon to get it lower a bit
when i also saw her vet check report in march 2011, her weight was at 19 pounds.