Autumn was overweight. A Maine coon at about 20lbs. An inactive, lazy piggy. Lil Girl, on the other hand, was very active, playful, and an okay weight for a domestic short hair.
Time for Autumn to be on a diet. I took away the free-feeder. No more midday snacks. Dry food had too many carbs, so they got primarily canned food with some dry mixed in. After a few weeks of this and forced play, she lost 5lbs. She's slim, sleek, and very playful now. Able to jump up on the bed without problems, and can hop up on the back of the couch without help. After it seemed she was maintaining this, I changed their diet to wet food in the morning, dry food at night.
Now... Autumn is still in great shape, but Li'l Girl ain't so li'l anymore and has become a bit too porky. Not interested in playing much anymore, and begs for food constantly. She's picky about her wet food and sometimes won't eat it. When I give her dry food, she gorges. She literally pushes Autumn out of the way and throws her whole body over the food bowl. I have to chase her away after a few minutes so she won't overeat at almost every feeding.
So what should my new strategy be?