Cat Obesity: Why Prevention Is Better Than Cure

It is easier to keep your cat from getting overweight than getting rid of the additional weight after it has formed. We must feed our pets based on their activity level and age to avoid gaining weight. Younger cats, in general, will require more calories per pound of body weight than senior cats, whose metabolisms have slowed. 

How to prevent cat obesity?

Your cat’s quality of life may suffer if they are overweight. Here are some general guidelines for keeping your cat in good shape.

Proper Exercise

Maintaining a healthy weight requires regular exercise. Because indoor cats get less activity, they may be more prone to obesity. Indoor cats may also experience stress or boredom, leading to overeating.

 

Placing food inside feeding balls will motivate your cat to work for his or her food. Make sure you put some of their normal ration of food inside the ball and don’t offer them extra food by accident. Playing with your cat also provides exercise and a chance to bond.

Choosing the Right Food

Throughout their lives, cats require a variety of foods. Young cats need more calories, protein, and minerals. Cats that spend a greater amount of time outside in the cold have higher energy requirements. Maternal cats require more protein, minerals, and energy. However, lazy cats require less energy. Even energetic older cats may require fewer calories than younger cats.

 

Some cats consume only what they see, and others devour anything. Providing food as meals is preferable to having a food bowl full of food available at all times (free choice, ad. lib.). It’s easier to track intake, and food doesn’t spoil. Providing food as meals ensures pets eat the right food in a multi-pet household.

 

If your cat is on a diet and still not slim, it could be due to a calorie shortfall. Many diet foods are nonetheless high in calories. Consult your vet about meal options and if you still don’t have a vet, visit this website. To get started, your cat may need prescription weight-loss food.

Keep an Eye on Your Cat’s Weight

We can easily gain a few pounds and not notice until we try on something we haven’t worn in a while. Small weight gains in pets are harder to detect. Weighing your cat on a regular basis allows you to detect modest weight gain (or loss) before it becomes a serious issue.

Overweight kittens are more likely to become overweight as adults. We must ensure appropriate nutrition for growing animals without overfeeding. Excess weight in young animals can cause difficulties like joint disease and weight problems later in life.

Limit or Get Rid of Treats and Table Scraps

Treats and table scraps are generally the biggest offenders for weight loss. Treats are preferable to table scraps for teaching cats to ‘come’ (yes, you can teach them to come). But too many treats can cause major problems. Most cats will prefer your attention to a treat when it comes down to it. Playing or cat or dog grooming certainly provides you both more pleasure than the treat, and you’ll save calories.

Conclusion

Despite the fact that the majority of weight gain in cats is caused by overfeeding or underexercising, there are medical concerns that can contribute to weight increase in cats. Many of these ailments are curable. If your cat has an unexpected increase in appetite or weight, have your cat inspected by a veterinarian to ensure that a disease process does not cause the condition.

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