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I Tried Putting My Cat on a Diet—Here’s How It Went

Reader's Digest Logo By Lindsy Van Gelder of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 10: My cat Jean-Philippe is not what you might charitably describe as "big-boned." In fact, his head and his tail are on the petite side. But then there's his giant, jiggly belly. A year ago, he weighed in at 24 pounds. Now he's a svelte 21, although our journey is far from over. Depending on your age and cultural tastes, you might describe him as the feline Orson Welles, or maybe the kitty John Belushi, or perhaps the tabby Notorious B.I.G. I usually call him Phat Phil. I love him, but he is basically a meat loaf with fur. That makes him adorable and lovable, but not all that healthy. To make sure that Phil sticks around for as long as possible, I knew I needed to make some changes to his diet—whether or not he was fully on board with them.

My fat cat

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My cat Jean-Philippe is not what you might charitably describe as "big-boned." In fact, his head and his tail are on the petite side. But then there's his giant, jiggly belly. A year ago, he weighed in at 24 pounds. Now he's a svelte 21, although our journey is far from over. Depending on your age and cultural tastes, you might describe him as the feline Orson Welles, or maybe the kitty John Belushi, or perhaps the tabby Notorious B.I.G. I usually call him Phat Phil. I love him, but he is basically a meat loaf with fur. That makes him adorable and lovable, but not all that healthy. To make sure that Phil sticks around for as long as possible, I knew I needed to make some changes to his diet—whether or not he was fully on board with them. Click through this gallery to continue reading. 

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