The number of overweight and obese
cats in the UK is increasing.
Overweight cats are more likely to
suffer from: arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, pancreatitis
and many more diseases. On average an overweight cat will probably
have a shorter lifespan.
If your cat is the correct weight
then you should be able to feel his/her ribs easily, with a slight
fat covering. When looking from above you should be able to see
a waist. If you cannot feel the ribs, your cat may need to lose
weight. If in doubt, ask your veterinary surgeon.
If you are advised to help your cat
to lose weight then the following guidelines may help:
1) Gradually introduce a low fat,
low protein diet to your cat.
2) Cut out all treats and tit-bits (make sure ALL the family members
and neighbours agree to this).
3) Feed the recommended amount for your cat’s ideal weight,
not his/her ACTUAL weight.
4) Do NOT free feed. Any food not eaten after 10 minutes should
be picked up.
5) If your cat is particularly greedy then you may find that smaller
more frequent meals help, in the wild cats may eat up to 20 tiny
meals per day.
6) If there is no weight loss after 4 weeks then you are feeding
too much, a reduction in the daily amount should help.
7) Overweight cats are more likely in multi-cat households as
they may finish off food left by the others. You may need to feed
these cats separately.
8) A slow steady rate of weight loss is preferred as rapid weight
loss may predispose cats to Fatty Liver Syndrome (Hepatic Lipidosis).
9) Increase your cat’s exercise. Play with your cat more
often and encourage games.
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