Cats often become a part of the family as soon as you bring them home. You want your cat to live a long and healthy life, and one way to ensure this is to keep their weight down.
Many cats become overweight, especially those who live indoors. Owners often leave large bowls of food out for them, and they graze throughout the day but don’t help them burn off the extra calories.
Here are some tips to help your cat lose weight.
First, make sure that your cat gets plenty of exercise. It is recommended that they get at least thirty minutes every single day. Most cats lay around all day and night, so it is crucial that owners exercise them. This will help not only to control their weight, but exercise is good for their heart, and will keep them from misbehaving when they are home alone!
Though most cats won’t go for a walk, you can find ways to play with them at home so that they are active. Toys, yarn, and even flashlights/laser lights will help to keep your cat moving.
Their diet is as important as exercise. Many people give their cats treats because they are not able to spend as much time with them as they would like to. We recommend against this because treats are very high in calories and make it harder for them to get the weight off.
Canned food has fewer carbohydrates than dry food, so it is important that your cat mostly eats canned food. This can also be helpful if they are sick and need a special diet. Measuring their food is another key component to weight loss. Read the label and only feed as directed. If your cat is overweight, take the target weight into consideration when you are giving food.
When your cat is overweight despite diet and exercise, bring them in for a checkup. Just like humans, some cats have a harder time losing weight than others. Your veterinarian can examine them and possibly run some bloodwork to make sure their health is good, and there are no underlying issues.
It is important that your cat stays at a healthy weight throughout his or her entire life. Carrying extra weight around is hard on their joints which can lead to more serious problems. For more tips on weight control for your cat, contact us today at 303-663-2287.