Obesity is a very common health issue for house cats. If left untreated obesity can cause health problems such as arthritis, liver disease, thyroid dysfunction and diabetes. It is up to you as an owner to help your cat maintain a healthy weight.
The easiest way to help a cat lose weight is to adjust its diet. Your cat should be eating a premium pet food that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein. An overweight cat also needs controlled portions during meals. The back of the bag or can should indicate how much your cat should eat per day. Treats and table scraps should be eliminated from your cat’s diet until it is back to a healthy weight.
Increased exercise is also necessary for weight loss. Take some time out of the day to play with your cat. If your cat is doesn’t respond to play, try offering it catnip stuffed toys. Few cats are immune to its intoxicating effects. You can also buy a scratching post tower to encourage it to climb and explore.
Maintaining your cat’s health is a part of responsible pet ownership. Pay attention to your cat’s diet and activity level to prevent obesity. This will help ensure that it lives a long and happy life.