Cats who are overweight or obese are at risk for many health concerns, but there are lots of ways to help your cat lose weight.
Cats, much like people, often deal with weight control issues. Unlike people, however, cats are not in control of what or how much they eat, and many of them aren’t motivated to exercise on their own. As a cat owner, it is your responsibility to keep your cat healthy, and a big part of that is keeping their weight in check. In our last blog, our veterinary hospital went over many of the risks associated with overweight or obese cats. Here are a few things you can do to help your cat lose weight:
#1. Put your cat on a diet.
Believe it or not, many cat owners see zero correlation between what they feed their cat and how much they weigh. However, what you feed your cat matters, and if you overfeed, your cat is going to be overweight. Talk to your vet about what and how much you should be feeding your cat, and instead of letting your cat graze all day, only set their bowl out at specific times.
#2. Play with your cat.
The bottom line is that your cat needs exercise, and one of the best ways to ensure that your cat gets it is to encourage them to play. Get a laser pointer for your cat to chase, play with string or invest in new toys and games; in other words, do whatever it takes to get your cat active.
#3. Enrich your cat’s environment.
Cats love of climb on things, and if you give your cat the opportunity, they will take advantage of it. Build a cat tree, add in some sturdy shelves and put plenty of empty boxes around for your cat to play in.
If your cat is overweight, schedule an appointment at our veterinary hospital today!