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Feeding & Obesity Prevention
There are many feeding strategies for house cats. It is important to find one that works well for you and your cats. Obesity is very common in pet cats and comes with health risks such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, and joint pain. Below are some ways you can feed your cat for optimal health.
Weigh your cat periodically to make sure he doesn’t gain or lose weight quickly. You can step on a bathroom scale with your cat in your arms, then weigh yourself and calculate the difference. If your cat stops eating, call us at 414-962-6662. It is dangerous for cats, especially overweight cats, to stop eating altogether.
What to feed: Kibble is convenient and nutritionally balanced. Wet food has much higher moisture content, which is good for kidney health, but must be rationed to prevent weight gain. Encourage good hydration with clean fresh water. Many cats love water fountains.
Part of every weight loss plan is to measure the amount of food consumed daily (including treats) and reducing it. Look at the side of the food container for daily guidelines and provide the amount recommended for your cat's ideal body weight.
You can probably expect your cat to protest for the first few days or weeks by meowing around meal times, waking you up when the bowl is empty, or scavenging food in the kitchen. NEVER feed your cat when he is meowing at you to do so, even if it is mealtime. Ignore him, wait for him to give up and be quiet, then serve him. Your cat will soon get used to the new routine.
Exercise is key to weight loss. Use toys to get your cat running, chasing, pouncing, and climbing. Daily play time will burn calories quickly and will be fun for you both!