Posted on: 1 February 2017
Is your feline friend getting a little chubby? It might be time to address your cat's diet and make some changes to trim a few pounds. You should, however, be wary of sudden or significant weight loss in cats, as cats should shed pounds gradually through portion control and with increased activity or exercise.
Some tips to help your cat lose weight are:
Control the cat's portions. Portion control is key when trying to help your cat lose weight. A suggestion is to feed your cat 1/8 less of normal portion each day to see gradual decline in weight. Feed your cat twice a day instead of leaving full dishes for your cat to graze on throughout the day, and this will make it possible to monitor and measure how much your chubby cat is eating.
Buy high-quality food. Seek a high-quality cat food that will provide enough nutrition to prevent illness or liver damage in your cat. Ask veterinarians or retailers about a low-carb cat food but make sure that your cat likes it before making the switch; cats can get seriously ill if they don't eat every day and if they simply won't eat the new food, switch back to something they do like.
Move the food dishes. Trick your kitty into exercising by moving the food dish to a spot where the cat might have to jump or move more to reach it. Make sure to introduce the cat to the new location, and show them where to find their food.
Make time to play. Spend playtime every day with your cat to help them get a bit more exercise; invest in a few cat toys to lure them in and pique their curiosity and participation.
Bulk up food with water. Add a little warm water to dry kibble to tempt your cat and to help fill up their stomach when cutting back on portions.
Watch when they poop. To help your cat lose weight, keep track of how often your cat defecates. If your cat is passing stool more than once a day, they may be consuming too much food. This will be easier to monitor when you have an indoor cat that uses a litter box.
Use these tips to help your feline friend lose a few pounds and feel like a new cat! Talk to your veterinarian regarding a healthy weight for your cat, based on breed, age, and lifestyle. You can also talk with animal boarding experts, like those at Academy Of Canine Behavior, for more advice.Share