Is your cat a “round” boy or girl? While plump house cats are undeniably adorable, an overweight feline may not be healthy. If your cat needs to lose some weight, you can help him or her slim down with these cat weight loss tips. Just be forewarned, it’ll take on willpower on your part too. Don’t give in to those shrill meows for a second dinner, even if you have to resort to earplugs.
Exercise Your Cat
House cats don’t typically get a lot of exercise in their daily lives. Many spend their days lounging, and they like it that way. But in order for your cat to stay healthy, he or she needs to get some exercise. One of the best cat weight loss tips out there is to simply ensure your cat moves around every day. The easiest way to do this is by playing with your kitty so he or she burns calories. Buy a cheap feather toy, like this one from Chewy.com, and get your cat to run around a little each night. Lasers are another popular way to get your cat moving. You can also purchase some toys to get your cat exercising when you aren’t around, like this one.
And you can always try walking your cat on a leash if you’re brave enough.
Limit Food Intake
Similarly to humans, cats need to burn more calories than they consume in order to lose excess pounds. One of the easiest ways to help your cat become healthier is to limit his or her food intake. You can do this by measuring out your cat’s meals (PetMD offers a good chart you can refer to here). Don’t allow your cat to graze from a big bowl of food throughout the day. Instead, stick to a daily feeding schedule of two to three meals per day. You may also want to consider investing in an automatic feeder so you won’t have to worry about portioning out your kitty’s food.
Try Diet Food
Limiting your cat’s food intake isn’t the only way to lower your cat’s daily calorie intake. You can also help your cat lose weight by feeding him or her a lower-calorie food. Major brands like Purina offer diet food alternatives to standard kibble. Talk to your vet about what types of food are the best options for your cat.
If you’ve tried these methods but haven’t found any success, it may be time to ask your vet for help. A vet can provide tailored advice to help your cat achieve weight loss and live a healthier, happier life.
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