Cat owners everywhere know that our cat friends are absolutely brilliant at getting what they want. Unfortunately, the pattern of indulging in their whims can lead to overfeeding. Overweight cats are at greater risk of developing all kinds of health problems, most of which are preventable.
We are able to develop bespoke feeding instructions based on the cat’s health needs once we examine them and determine an ideal body weight. We also recommend a food specifically designed to help your cat lose weight while maintaining muscle mass, which often decreases with age.
If your little fluff is a little wider or heavier than it used to be, we can help your cat lose weight!
Before it is too late
Considering that more than half of all cats are heavier than they should be, it may be time to make some changes to your cat’s routine. Maintaining a healthy weight is ideal for preventing weight-related health problems. However, second best is to help your cat lose weight that they don’t need.
Why it matters
Diabetes, osetoarthritis, liver disease, heart disease, skin infections, circulatory disease, and cancer are just a few of the risks obese cats face. As they age, older cats may have more health problems if they are overweight.
Cat Weight Loss: Slowly but Quickly
If they are 15 to 20% above their “ideal” body weight, a cat is considered overweight or obese. We use the Body Condition Score (BCS) to understand the ideal height and shape of a cat. On a scale of 1 to 9, a cat’s optimal grade would be around 5.
We take note of your cat’s weight and appearance at every examination. If their BCS is above 5-6, we may suggest ways you can help your cat lose weight. We’ll rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to this and discuss their eating habits and preferences.
The obvious choice
Cats gain weight when they consume too many calories and don’t burn them. The easiest way to help your cat lose weight is to limit their daily calorie intake. It is important that you do not starve your cat in order to lose extra weight. It’s not an overnight process and you don’t want your cat to lose significant muscle mass.
A new routine
Free feeding can undermine your goal. Choose 2-4 small meal times each day and stick to them. Measure your portions accurately.
We recommend that you limit the number of snacks or treats you enjoy each day. Treats reward them for their cuteness, but an overweight cat will respond equally to extra affection and attention. Cuddle and play with them to distract them from what they really don’t need.
Help Your Cat Lose Weight
Kittens love to play and go a little crazy, but as cats get older they slow down a little. This does not mean that they cannot or do not want to enjoy a little targeted physical activity. Make up games or sports that you can do together. If your cat likes catnip, use it to get it moving. Exercise your cat for 10 minutes a day 2-3 times a week. After all, you can play together for 15 minutes each day.
Once your cat’s weight is in the correct range on the BCS, you need to help them maintain it. If necessary, we can discuss appropriate changes. As long as they meet all of your diet and exercise needs, you are doing your part to keep them healthy and happy.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s diet, nutritional needs, or behavior. At Cat Care of Vinings we are always there for you.