Overweight in domestic cats is a growing trend. More and more cats living at home are overweight, often due to lack of exercise and poor eating habits. We tell you what to do to prevent and improve this situation that can lead to serious health problems for your pet.
according to the data, more than 60% of domestic cats in the United States are obese, at a general level, it is estimated that approximately 40% are obese. Certainly, the percentages are very high and some measures must be taken to stop it.
What does a fattening cat do?
Most domestic cats today have little or nothing to do with those who hunted mice and birds and spent the day climbing trees. Many of our feline friends live a sedentary and safe life within the walls of their homes, so the lack of activity has a lot to do with their weight gain.
In the same way, whereas they used to feed mainly on small prey that they hunted with high amounts of protein, today they generally feed on dry feed and soft food with high amounts of carbohydrates. The abandonment of your cat’s natural diet with this type of food does not help your cat stay at a healthy weight.
Although not widespread, it is also influenced by the fact that many of the domestic cats are neutered or neutered. A cat subjected to these processes has up to three times more chances of gaining weight than a cat that has not been subjected to it, this happens because they have less need for energy expenditure. If your cat is neutered, you should be especially careful with her diet.
How to prevent obesity or make your cat lose weight
The best way to maintain a healthy weight has always been to have control over your diet. There are several factors to consider:
The type of food:
Give your cat foods that contain more protein and a lower calorie level. Dry food or common feed often has too many carbohydrates. You can combine it with soft food (which has more protein) or low-calorie feed.
Avoid sharing your food with him, the natural diet of cats does not include many of the foods that people eat.
Set a clear schedule. Cats are very seductive and will ask for food more often than they need it, don’t let them convince you. According to the calories needed per day, it is enough to give him two meals a day, or five but in very small portions.
The portions you give them in each serving:
Your cat’s natural instinct is to eat a small amount of food quickly followed by a break, then another small amount of food and another period of fasting. According to this, the portions you give your pet should not be too large. Keep in mind that if he were to hunt, he would eat a small piece, like a mouse or a little bird, never fill the trough to overflowing and preferably try not to get completely satiated before he binges.
Force your cat to exercise
If you see that your cat lives a very quiet life and spends the day dozing and eating, play with it. Make him move, run, jump… it’s in his nature.
Weigh him often
Having control over the weight of the animal helps you keep it at its ideal weight. Many times we are the same owners who are not able to detect if our cat is fat or not, if you have any doubts, go to a vet.
Having a healthy lifestyle can help your cat to prevent many obesity-related diseases and of course to live happier!