Fat Cats: An Ounce of Prevention, Fewer Pounds To Cure

Fat cats face many of the same kinds of health problems that obese humans do. And pet experts say the best cure for overweight felines is the same as it is for overweight humans.

It’s just better not to go there in the first place. This takes some conscious effort by the cat owner, but it will pay off as the cat ages without carrying around the extra pounds that could shorten its life and contribute to health problems that reduce the cat’s quality of life in its “senior years.”

Indoor Fats Cats Vs Outdoor Thin Cats

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Measuring and restricting a cat’s food intake will help prevent obesity

Conventional wisdom among cat lovers says that indoor cats are more likely to put on pounds than outdoor cats. There are a number of obvious reasons for this. Outdoor cats often have to expend calories looking for food. Some studies have shown that outdoor cats spend between 15 and 20 percent of their time hunting outdoors. Indoor cats can simply stroll to the food bowl in a few seconds and eat as much as their owners will let them.

So controlling an indoor cat’s food supply is job one. This is not always an especially popular option with the cat.

Steve Dale, writing for My Pet World, suggests the following strategies.

I’m a proponent of feeding cats at set times (two to four times daily), and hiding about 5 percent to 10 percent of their daily food in food puzzles and toys scattered around the house. This allows even indoor cats to do some “hunting.”

Interactive playtime with a fishing pole-type toy is very important for exercise, and can enhance the human/animal bond. Reasonably short (5- to 10-minute) play sessions are fine, plus a bit more for kittens. Also, rotate toys so they’re more interesting.

Another reason not to leave food out all day is that in multi-cat homes, there’s no way to know which cat is getting the most food. Of course, cats are very adept at training us to become automatic food dispensers.

Dale also notes that cat owners who take their cats in for regular veterinarian checkups will be able to track their pet’s weight from one year to the next

Cats, like humans, sometimes gain weight gradually as they get older, and their owners are less likely to notice their growing girth. Research published in the Banfield State Pet Health 2012 Report reveals that the number of overweight obese cats has nearly doubled in recent years. However, approximately 7 in 10 cat owners with an overweight or obese cat don’t realize their pet’s weight is climbing.

To read more, click on The trick is to prevent fat cats in the first place!

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Indoor cats may become accustomed to eating as much as they want whenever they want. Managing their food intake will help prevent feline obesity later on

 

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