Fat cats look adorable, but that extra weight won’t make him healthy…or happy. He’ll be sluggish and lethargic, too heavy to play or leap, and (just like people) he’s at risk for all sorts of diseases.
But how did your cat get so fat? Most pet owners would never consciously or intentionally hurt their fur babies. ‘I don’t think I’m overfeeding her!’ they say, or ‘I did the same thing for my other cat, and he’s fine!’ So what happened?
Your servings are too big
Do you fill your cat’s bowl with food every morning, and let him nibble at will at this extra-large serving for the rest of the day? The problem is that cats don’t always know how to stop themselves. If food is there, they’ll eat it… even if they feel full.
The better way? If your cat can’t control portions, you can. Set a feeding schedule and then put out just enough food for him to finish. Your vet will tell you how much your cat needs.
Your cat needs wet food
If your cat is obese, you may want to consider switching from dry food to wet food. That’s because dry cat food tends to have a greater intensity of carbohydrates and fat. And wet food tends to be more filling because of the greater moisture content.
Wet food may also be the better option for cats with health issues (which can happen if they are obese). It’s easier to digest and is easier on the bladder and kidneys.
You had your cat spayed
Spaying your cat changes his metabolism. That’s why, after having the procedure done, you and your vet needs to talk about the best diet. On the average, you can expect to give about 20% less calories.
Your cat is still eating kitten food
Kitten food is packed with nutrients to support the growth spurt in the first 10 months. Beyond that, however, those extra calories will just pack on unnecessary pounds. Upgrade to an adult cat food, which will also be better suited to its nutritional requirements. Adult cats need more fiber, which incidentally, will also keep him feeling full for a longer period of time.
Your cat doesn’t exercise enough
No surprise there. Indoor cats (or some sedentary breeds) will burn less calories and convert food into fat. To get your cat moving, get him toys that encourage running and jumping, or build a cat gym.
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