We rescued a cat from the pound yesterday after seeing one in the Petsmart jail we liked but knew was already saved. So we went to the pound itself, and brought home "Bubba-Chunk"... the fattest orange tabby I've ever met. He's a cool dude but needs a diet barring any health concerns. He goes to the vet Monday for a check up... I think he picked up a respiratory infection while incarcerated and he still needs a rabies. I'm partial to "pretty" cats... unique markings, or a mainecoon sort of look, Siamese... blue eyes. But we are now the proud owners of an obese, nondescript orange tabby cat. He's 5 years old and LOVES belly rubs. Not a biter either even though he's front declawed. He cuddled on the couch with me all last night instead of hiding like I expected. He sauntered past the dogs, daring them to make a move. He's not afraid of them, just wary at this point. The dogs have been great... I haven't worked with them in awhile but "stay" was working push button as they watched this stranger mosey around the house. We set him up in his own room with a baby gate his fat butt can get under, with a hidey-hole for when he wants to hide. Anyways, we need a plan. Vet is going to tell me about Science Diet weight management and I don't care for it. No free choice feeding... after reading through some info that is the leading cause to feline obesity. Plus a set meal time will let you know immediately when they go off their food. I do have some concerns about his health with how fat he is. He acts normal now though. I also read about cats not being able to process carbs the way dogs and humans can, being strictly carnivore. So can I swap him onto a raw diet or do you think that is too sudden of a change? I would need to transition to that using the dry food, right? Some reading I did said he can't lose more than 1/2 a pound in 4 weeks, because of a condition they can get from rapid weight loss. Any of you successfully bring a fat cat down to a normal weight? I think we'll need a thyroid test to be sure that isn't the cause. Will get photos when he voluntarily comes out, the dogs crashing down the steps this am sent him into hiding. He needs to get used to the noises here. I don't know how long he was in jail for. He's such a sweetie. Not much of a talker. I'm really pleased I can rub his belly as much as I like without him biting me once he starts to enjoy it. He's an excellent foot warmer... he covers a lot of surface area on the couch. He finally came out, here he is in all his glory. See what I mean about a diet? He won't even play, just rolls on his back for a belly rub after 2 swats at a toy. Rub my fat belly?