My cat is fat, lazy and does not groom nearly as much as she should. How do I remedy this?
In ~2008 my dad adopted a 1 year old thin longhair calico cutie
I'm not sure exactly how her first year was but we do know that basically, some poo-head people moved and abandoned pregnant ms. cutie in their apartment. landlord took her to the humane society and now she is our baby. And yes, she is currently spayed.
My questions are this:
1. Kitty is fat. she weighs 16+ lb. records indicate she used to weigh under 8lb - pregnant (granted, she may have been underfed by her previous owners but still). I think my dad just overfed her and combined with inactivity, she just gained and gained and gained.
She gets kibble twice a day, and we limit how much she gets. we're almost out of the (low quality) food we have for her, so i'll do what i can about switching her to a better food. What should i be looking for?
Also, she is not very active. She is primarily indoor but she is allowed in the backyard to do sit in the sun and eat grass and do other cat things. She has never had any interest in toys, but this has gotten a little better. If she's in the mood and a throw an item down the hallway she may
chase after it (and fast!).
She likes hunting. If she sees any sort of insect, she will chase after it (and eat it!). My plan is to get her some toys that are more engaging than just basic balls. I praise her if/after she plays but she mostly has little interest in it. Anyway, other cat toys could easily fail.
Are there other ways to get her to exercise more? Besides maybe just like chasing her around a bit (not something i really do because she's timid enough as it is)? Can I get a small remote controlled car - are they fast enough and will they work on carpet? After all, she is usually very interested in fast moving objects that are apparently out of out control.
My other question is: kitty has a stinky stinky butt and just ... badly kept fur. We get that having so much fur is hard to clean all by herself so she gets the lion cut. this helps lots and lots, but she still does not groom very much herself. I think the weight problem may be a contributing factor, so we can wait around until she does lose some weight. But as it is, she does not groom very much, I think it may be because she never really learned because she has always been like this.
I try to brush her but it's not her favorite thing in the world. Usually I just wait until she's sleeping and just wake her up and start brushing her and she's cool with it. otherwise she'll just leave. I will usually give her a treat after she sits through a good brushing session.
My other issue is her butt. I don't think she can reach it, so she can't clean it. As her hair grows, poop gets caked in her fur around her butt and gets matted and stays there until her next haircut. Is there a way to get it out? If I distract her with treats, she will tolerate me taking a damp cloth to her butt. She is generally super passive and quite timid and has never ever scratched or bitten anybody and if she really doesn't like something she will run anyway and is ok with you once you stop the offending action.
So basically, is there a good way to encourage her to groom more and how the hell do i clean my cats butt? And how do i get the cat to play? or move ..more?