Cat Nutrition Guide | Weight Management Cat Food Information
It can sometimes be hard to make out your cat’s figure under a beautifully groomed fluffy coat, but it’s important to closely monitor your moggy’s weight. Around one in three cats is affected by obesity and being overweight can lead to very serious health problems, such as respiratory issues, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Proper nutrition and a diet tailored specifically to your cat’s age, breed and any existing health conditions can really help keep them in tip-top shape.
The best foods for weight loss…
Whilst a weight gain such as 2 pounds might not seem that much, think of it as a percentage of your cat’s overall weight. If an 8 pound cat gained 2 pounds, that would be the equivalent of a 125 pound person gaining a whopping 31.25 pounds. Put into perspective, even a slight weight gain is something to address when it comes to your feline.
Formulate a weight loss plan with your vet and monitor your cat’s progress closely. Plenty of exercise needn’t be a chore for your cat, but by incorporating interactive toys, such as the Catit Design Sense Circuit, exercise will be fun and easy – they’ll be pouncing the pounds off in no time!
Premium cat foods should have the perfect balance of protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and fiber, the latter of which will help your cat feel fuller for longer. If you’ve been feeding a premium food but your cat as still developed obesity, it may be that you are feeding too much.
Portion size is extremely important and you should always follow the stated serving recommendation on the bag of food. If the food you are serving isn’t top notch and actually has too high a calorie and fat content, just reducing the serving will not help your cat’s weight and overall health. Not only will they be hungry, but the little food they will be getting will not be of the optimum quality. Opt for a recommended weight maintenance cat food to get them back on track, without going hungry.
All weight loss foods are different and tailored to the needs of different breeds, ages and conditions. For significant weight loss, we’d suggest going for foods with the description of reduced calories and fat. Meanwhile, to maintain a healthy weight on a cat prone to weight gain, you need only opt for a lean or light food. With the right selection your feline will regain their figure quickly.
How else can you help?
Speak to your vet and create a plan of action to aid your pet’s weight loss. We’d suggest that it includes the following things:
- Decide how much weight your cat needs to lose
- Set a daily calorie limit
- Establish a strict exercise routine
- Agree when to next measure your cat’s weight
- Agree and eliminate any bad habits, such as feeding from your own plate or excess treats and snacks
Take a look at our full range of weight management cat food – there’s so many to choose from that you’ll be able to find one not only tailored to your cat’s weight, but also to their age and breed.