How can I promote a healthy weight for my cat?

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Preventing Obesity for Your Cat

Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S., even for cats. It may be simple to ignore your cat's weight problem, but remember that it could shorten her lifespan, and make her days more laborious and less enjoyable.

Other Health Problems

Obesity can also lead to other health problems, like diabetes, diminished immune function and digestive issues.

Helping Your Cat Lose Weight

If your cat has become overweight and you can no longer feel her ribs, it's time to change her habits.

Low-calorie Diet and Exercise

Consider feeding your cat a lower-calorie cat food or a veterinary weight loss diet, and make sure she gets some kind of exercise during the day.

Treats and Table Scraps

Cut out table scraps completely, and make sure treats constitute no more than 10% of her daily caloric intake.

For the best chance of successful weight loss, work with your veterinarian on making a comprehensive, customized plan for your cat.

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