This might be a totally stupid question and you are free to laugh at me in the comments or to your friends or wherever you want but -- does a cat need to consume 3,500 calories to gain a pound?
Oh please. Please.
I ask this because Shirley, who finally convinced us that she was starving, yes starving to death so we started to feed her more, has gained either half a pound or an entire pound in the past two weeks. (Our digital scale weighs in half-pound increments.) Let's go with a pound. So she's gone from seven to eight pounds, which is what, a 14% increase? On maybe half a tablespoon more of food every day?
I know I could gain a pound in two weeks. I have done so before. Yum. Cheese. But my normal diet isn't just one-third a cup of cat food a day, which is I don't know how many calories because they don't put the calorie information on the cat food bag. And my starting weight isn't just seven pounds.
I don't care how much the cats weigh except the vet told us not to let them get fat because of cat diabetes. I also don't want them to be hungry. So there is the issue.
What we have learned from this experience is that no matter how much we feed Shirley, she will still jump into the sink and try to eat whatever is in there. So maybe she isn't hungry. Maybe she is just feeding other issues and needs therapy. Which our pet insurance does not cover. So it's the church basement and the 12-step program for us.