You’re probably aware that obesity can have harmful effects on your cat.
It increases the risks of illnesses such as diabetes, as well as a decreased life expectancy….so, how can we solve the problem of cat obesity?
Feline obesity = reducing calorie intake
It’s not necessarily the amount of food that needs to be reduced, it’s the calories. Fatty foods can increase appetite and a cat will eat more than their fair share.
Warning: the sudden withdrawal of food can cause liver problems such as Hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease.)
Additionally, snacks and sweet treats may need to be avoided if your cat becomes overweight. Instead, you can opt for low calorie, dry pet food or dry food for spayed/neutered cats.
A bit of healthy exercise
Playing games with your cat can prove to be a very effective part of their weight-loss programme. You could also take them for a walk on a lead on a quiet street, or purchase a freestanding or wall-mounted cat tree for your home.
These ideas will not only limit weight gain by keeping your cat occupied and entertained, they will also improve their pace of life and mood!
If you know that your cat gets on well with other pets, why not ask your friends or family to pay you a visit with their cat or dog?
Being in contact with other animals will definitely spark their interest and nudge them towards playing.
Ask your vet for help
A cat diet isn’t something you can make up on the spot, and even if the internet churns up advice about pet weight loss, it’s not always advice that should be followed…
So, instead of taking food away from a cat, it’s always better to consult a vet who can give a check up and advise on the best course of action.
Wondering why your cat is obese? Have a look at our handy guide.
Do you monitor your cat’s diet?