Cats, like humans, come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. However, also similar to humans, a their health can suffer if overweight.
Although obesity is much more common in dogs than in cats, it still occurs. Obesity is a very big problem in cats. It can cause additional stress to the body, liver problems, joint pain, and an increased risk of diabetes.
How Can I Tell If My Cat is Overweight?
If you look at your kitty from above , they should have a noticeable ’waist’ between the rib cage and the hips. You should also be able to feel the backbone and rib cage. If you cannot, your kitty is likely overweight.The average American housecat weighs between eight and ten pounds. If your kitty weighs more than this, then they might be overweight. However, there are exceptions for certain, larger breeds, and some cats are simply bigger.
How Can I Help My Cat Lose Weight?
The first thing you need to do is bring the kitty to the vet to make sure that he doesn’t have a health problem which is causing him to gain weight. The most common issue that would cause this is diabetes. If this is the case then the vet will likely prescribe your cat insulin and a new diet. However, if your kitty has nothing else wrong with him, then it is time to help your cat lose weight!
First, change the cat’s diet. You will have to speak to your vet about what your cat’s caloric requirements are. Then you need to limit his food to just this much. You may also wish to place the kitty on a ‘weight loss’ food, but generally any food that is high in protein and very low in carbs should help.
Next, make sure that your kitty is exercising. You will likely need to get the kitty moving by playing games with him.
Also, make sure he doesn’t intake any more calories than he needs. This means, be very careful with giving him treats. Additionally, when you are trying to seriously manage your cat’s weight, then it may be necessary to restrict him to indoors. This is because many cats will hunt while outside and eat their kill. This will add more calories and defeat what you are trying to achieve.