We love our cats, but sometimes we can love them a little TOO much. Too many treats and not enough exercise can lead to some unwanted weight gain in felines. As a pet owner, it’s your job to help your cat maintain a proper weight so they can live a long, healthy life.
The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to help your cat stay trim. If you create good habits for both you and your cat and stick to them, you should have no problem helping your cat attain or maintain a healthy weight.
First and foremost, your cat should be on a regular feedings schedule. Simply feeding your whenever they demand food or when you notice their bowl is empty makes it difficult to track just how much they’re eating. Check your pet’s food container for advice on how much you should be feeding them on a daily basis. If you’re still not sure how much your cat should be eating, consult your trusted veterinarian.
The occasional treat is fine but be careful not to overdo it. Most treats are not very nutritious and simply serve as empty calories. There are plenty of ways to show your pet affection other than giving them treats. Your cat will enjoy some play time with their favorite toy or a nice scratch behind the ears just as much.
Speaking of play time, it’s really important that you set aside some time to be active with your cat each day. Domestic cats that live indoors don’t typically get much exercise, so play time will be important as you work towards maintaining their healthy weight. You should try for a minimum of ten minutes twice daily.
Lastly, make sure that you’re doing a good job of monitoring your cat’s weight. The best way to accomplish this is by bringing them in for a checkup on a regular basis. We recommend that cats be seen by their veterinarian at least once a year. However, if your cat is struggling to maintain a healthy weight, it may be necessary for them to come in more often.
If you’re trying to help you cat reduce their weight, monitor their progress and take notes of what seems to work and what doesn’t. Before long, you’ll notice that your cat has more energy and will be more eager to engage in play time. After a while, she’ll forget about those extra treats she’s missing out on.
At All Pets, we are here for you to help your pet live their best life. From regular exams and vaccinations to complex medical treatments for dogs and cats, the highly-trained staff at All Pets Medical & Surgical Center is able to support your pet’s healthy lifestyle throughout their entire life. As the number one veterinary clinic in the area, we pride ourselves on providing quality, compassionate care to all of our four-legged patients. If your pet is due for a routine exam, contact our office today to schedule your appointment.