We all love our cats. To some of us, cats are our children, our companions, buddies, best friends, or maybe they are just the one creature that waits for you when you come home. Cats mean so much to us that it is no wonder that we want to spoil them.
Unfortunately, Cat obesity is a serious and widespread health issue with close to one in three cats being overweight or obese. Even though we love giving our cats treats, it could mean giving them too much of a good thing. Extra weight can lead to serious health issues including respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Finding out how proper nutrition can make a positive impact on your pet’s weight management is imperative to maintain your cat’s health.
While feeding the right food and reducing treats is essential to weight loss success, portion control and exercise are key. Did you know that being an overweight kitty is not fun? They might appear to be fat and happy but they are not. It is a cat’s instinct to want to run and play. Being obese prevents cats from being cats.
Consult your vet to help you develop a comprehensive weight loss plan that includes:
• Determining the amount of weight your cat needs to lose
• Setting an amount for daily caloric intake
• Selecting specific amount of exercise
• Scheduling follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust calories, exercise as needed to reach the ideal weight
• Avoiding high-calorie treats
Weight loss prescription is the same for animals as humans, cut back on calories, and increase exercise. Overfeeding your furry friend isn’t a sign of love. An overweight animal, isn’t a happy one, they don’t feel well. A cat that can’t stand up or walk, isn’t funny.
One other mistake is feeding your cat only dry food. Practice preventive nutrition by feeding them [moisture-rich] canned food before they end up with urinary tract problems. Provide clean water and also have several sources of fresh water available through the house. Pay attention to where the cat likes to be so that there’s water there. Be aware that some cats prefer running water; others can detect the taste of chlorine in tap water so you might want to buy bottled water for them.
If you really love your furry friends, stop overfeeding them and provide nutritious food that has the nutrients they require. Start your cat on a complete weight reduction program that includes check-ups with the veterinarian. Start playing with your cat, with mobile or laser toys, this provides regular exercise which can help maintain their health and well-being.
May your cat live long and prosperous.