Cat Health

How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight

If you own a cat then you will probably know that cats are somewhat acrobatic animals. If your cat is fat, then its weight is holding it back from enjoying its capabilities. Your cat is not meant to sit around and relax in one place all of the time. The reality is that its weight and exercise are just as important as yours.

A cat loves to be able to move around, jump onto furniture, and just simply move freely. If we do not control our cat’s weight, it may not be able to do the above mentioned activities, and it may also be injured when attempting to perform such activities involved in its daily routine.

This doesn’t mean that cats can potentially injure themselves only if they are overweight. An underweight cat might also suffer similar consequences if its weight is not controlled.

Therefore, every cat owner who truly loves their feline friends should know how to manage their pet’s routine to ensure their weight is under control. This means that your cat is neither overweight nor underweight. These 2 situations are not desirable for the health and benefits of your cat.

The Healthy Cat

As a cat owner, you should make sure that your cat is healthy from a medical standpoint and that it can also maintain its weight. This is done by ensuring that your cat’s weight does not vary a lot from its ideal body condition score (BCS). This goal would be best achieved by managing your cat’s routine daily.

There are many methods of managing your cat’s daily routine to ensure its weight does not stray far from its ideal BCS. An ideal BCS for a cat would be a specific point at which your cat is not in any danger from a medical perspective where it may injure itself because of its weight.

The Healthy Routine

The best possible way to control your cat’s weight is by managing its daily activities. Management would differ for different circumstances. There are two unhealthy possibilities for a cat in terms of its weight.

  • Overweight
  • Underweight

None of these situations is ideal, and dealing with each requires different steps that you, the owner, need to take. Let’s take a look at how to help your cat lose weight.

Overweight

In case your cat is overweight, the following steps can be taken to decrease its weight. While your cat may give you a hard time at first by emphasizing its displeasure in some of the activities or actions necessary, it will eventually make these steps a habit.

Food Consumption

Feed your cat less food

Decreasing the amount of food your cat consumes every day will have a noticeable and beneficial effect, if your cat is overweight. This could involve feeding your cat 2 main meals a day instead of 3 for example, without changing the portion size. As a pet owner, you can make changes according to your own preferences or even consult a vet for assistance in this matter.

Get your cat on a low calorie diet

A low calorie diet would include the same amount of food but with a lower calorie count per meal. This is a better alternative since a cat might start nagging you for food if you skip a meal.

Canned food

By replacing regular meals with canned food for your cat’s daily meals, you might be able to control its weight. Canned food has a lower calorie count and has high water content. This makes the cat full after having only a small amount of food.

Physical Activities

Goals are set and tracked daily

Choose the ideal body condition score for your cat and set it as your final goal. The point at which your cat is out of the danger zone in terms of its weight.

Exercise and regular movements

Take your cat for a walk. Maybe take it to the park and have it run, or at the very least, have it walk around with you.

Play with your cat daily

Engaging in fun physical activities with your cat is beneficial for the cat and for you. Activities such as using laser pointers to play with your cat can help it get more exercise as well. This way, your cat exercises regularly.

As a pet owner, you should be fully prepared to manage your cat’s routine to control its weight and improve its living condition.

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