Smart Ways to Promote Weight Loss

For your cat’s health and well-being

Excess weight is unhealthy and uncomfortable. It also makes your cat more susceptible to bladder/urinary tract disease, kidney disease, breathing difficulties, arthritis, heart failure, and orthopedic pain. It’s not hard to get kitty back on track. Try these simple tips:

  1. Get a current weight and compare it to what your cat weighed the last time he had a veterinary appointment, so you know what you’re up against.
  2. Make weight loss gradual. Cats can safely lose 0.5 to 2 percent of their body weight weekly, which is about 3.2 ounces per week for a 10-pound cat. Losing more can cause a deadly health problem called hepatic lipidosis.
  3. Skip free feeding. Instead of allowing your cat to eat at will, put out small meals for her throughout the day, so you can control her total intake.
  4. Choose a weight-reduction commercial diet rather than just feeding less of his current food. This will help ensure he gets adequate nutrition.                           
  5. Play with your cat. Exercise will help and few cats can resist a feather toy or a ball to chase or bat around for at least a few minutes every day.