Our previous blog was about doggos but we can't forget our feline toe-beans! Almost 2/3 of all pet cats are considered obese and this tends to be more of an issue in our more sedentary cat friends than our dogs who tend to be more active.
However, all of the benefits of weight loss that are present in dogs are also true for cats. Did you know you can actually reverse diabetes in cats just with weight loss? It's amazing! But it is a little more tricky with many cats who have their own opinions on how they would like to spend their time (and that's not on weight loss).
Just like with humans, the first step to health is a balanced diet. Consult with your veterinarian what and how much to feed your cat. The average cat should only be eating 200 calories a day. It doesn't sound like a lot but this is plenty for their little bodies. Your cat food should have the amount of calories per cup written on the bag. Make sure to feed exactly that amount by measuring it with a proper measuring cup. Your veterinarian can provide one for you if you don't have one.
Second is exercise. What this consist of is going to depend on what your cat is willing to do. Some loving chasing after toys across the floor or up and down their cat tree. Other's love the laser or chasing lizards on the lanai. Whatever it is, encourage more of it to increase their calorie usage.
Weight loss will take time but having your veterinarian present every step of the way will help this journey be more effective and fun for you and your critter!
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