Do you have a cat? Is he a little bit overweight? Or is he perhaps obese? Many cat owners unfortunately allow their cats to become very overweight to the point of being obese, and some do not even know how to help their pets when they get to this point. If your cat is obese, don’t worry–you’re not alone, and your cat is not doomed!
In the article below, you’ll find out more information about some of the best possible ways to help your overweight or obese cat get back to a healthy weight quickly. Don’t forget to talk to your veterinarian for more information, too, so you can have some input about your pet’s individual and specific needs.
Check for Underlying Health Problems
First, it’s important to rule out any underlying health problems that could be causing your cat’s obesity, as well as problems that could be caused by your cat’s weight problem. Some illnesses may make it difficult for your cat’s metabolism to work properly, while others–like diabetes–are much more common in overweight animals.
Your vet will help you figure out if there are any underlying health concerns for your pet before determining the right plan for his weight loss. It is important to start with this step, so you can know what you’re up against when helping your cat lose weight.
Use a Puzzle Feeder
Puzzle feeders are a great way for pets to lose weight. Dogs and cats alike enjoy pushing puzzle feeders around and making the pieces of kibble fall out of them one at a time. This is not only a fun activity, but it is also some exercise for your overweight pet. Additionally, it can help your pet eat more slowly and get full more quickly.
Puzzle feeders work well for most cats, but may not work well for every cat. Some cats who are very smart may be able to figure out how to open the puzzle feeder, which defeats the purpose of using one.
Do Not Allow Grazing
Grazing is the term used for filling a cat’s bowl and letting him eat from it all day long. Many cat owners go this route with their pets, and for some cats, this method works just fine. However, if your cat is overweight or obese, grazing may encourage overeating.
Instead of letting him graze, feed your cat a specific amount of food several times per day. This way, he is effectively being put on a “diet” and his mealtimes will be more under control, as well.
Do Not Overfeed Treats
Treats can sometimes be the true culprit when it comes to cat obesity. If you are feeding your cat treats frequently, and especially if he gets table scraps for some or all of his treats, this may be the reason why your cat’s weight is too high.
Make sure you are not overfeeding treats to your cat. Cats should not be given more than a couple of treats a day at most. If your cat is obese, you may need to look for healthier treat options at the pet store. And make sure you are not feeding your cat any human foods for treats at all.
Use a Healthy Food
Cats who are fed low-quality kibble or wet food may be getting too many calories or fat grams in their diets. By switching your cat to a healthy food made with high-quality ingredients, you can ensure he is getting the right type of nutrition for his age and needs.
Additionally, some cat foods are not as well-balanced as others. You may need to look for a weight management blend for your cat, especially while he’s actively losing weight. Talk to your vet for recommendations for both kibble and wet food you can feed your obese cat.
Exercise Your Cat Daily
Finally, it is crucial to exercise your cat every day. Cats are prone to laying around and sleeping all day and most of the night, too, but they will become more active if they have something that is engaging them physically and mentally.
Purchase some interactive cat toys you can enjoy along with your cat. These toys will make it easier for you to feel inspired to play with your cat daily, and they will also make your cat more interested in playing with you. By spending about 15 minutes a day exercising your cat, you can help him lose weight in a timely fashion.
Talk with Your Veterinarian
If you have an obese or overweight cat, there are plenty of options that can help you take care of your pet in a timely manner. By following the tips on this list and working with your vet, you can quickly put together the right plan for your pet’s health and help him get back to a good, healthy weight in no time.
If you have questions about your cat’s weight, please call West Ashley Veterinary Clinic at 843-571-7095 or book an appointment online today!