A chubby little cat like Garfield is cute on the big screen, it’s not so cute in real life. In America, cat obesity is on the rise, and cats significantly outweigh (no pun intended) dogs when it comes to being overweight. In fact, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2013, an estimated 57.6% of cats in America are overweight or obese. When a cat is carrying one too many pounds, it can affect his reflexes, energy and overall health. That’s why we rounded up a few ways to help your cat lose weight.
1) The first thing you’re going to want to do is talk to your veterinarian. The doctor will have more of an insight as to why your kitty has put on some extra pounds, and explain more in depth the risks that come with cat obesity.
2) Cutting back on dry food can majorly improve your cat’s situation. Many dry foods are high in calories and are loaded with carbohydrates.
3) Get your kitten to exercise. Cats love to play just as much as dogs do, so don’t be afraid to spend your Saturday afternoon exercising with your kitten. Something as simple as a laser pointer or cardboard box can get your cat moving.
4) That being said, if your cat tends to go outdoors and roam, try to limit that activity. It’s primarily because felines tend to “hunt” and you can’t keep track of the outside “food” they’re getting.
5) Limit your furry friend’s treat intake. We all love a good snack, but just like with humans, too much snacking can lead to obesity.
Of course, as we stated above, it’s so, so important to speak to your vet before you change your cat’s diet or introduce exercise. You can also head over to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention for more information.
Is cat obesity a problem in your house?