As we know obesity has become a common concern these days, in both humans and animals! It can become quite upsetting to see your cat suffer from weight related issues, and there are a number of ways to combat and prevent them. It is in your best interests to combat obesity if you would like to avoid costly vet bills and I am sure we all do. First, let’s start with how to tell if your cat is in fact carrying a little bit too much extra weight. A cat that is overweight will generally not have any visible bone structure in its face, a fatty pad on the belly and no ‘waist’ when viewed from above. Some other symptoms may include noticeable problems in movement and joints, lethargic behaviour and hair loss. While this may sound confronting to some, I have listed below some easy tips in combating these symptoms that will hopefully get your cat back onto a healthier journey. 1. Diet This is the easiest most effective way to help your cat shed some of that extra weight. It is important that you feed your cat a specially formulated high quality food, perhaps one that is designed for weight loss. Generally wet food is a better choice as it contains water which will help fill your cat up and aid in proper digestion. It is also important that you don’t feed your cat scraps of human food as these are generally highly calorically dense and will delay your cats weight loss altogether. 2. Smaller food bowls A great way to prevent your cat from overeating is to switch out its food bowls for smaller ones. Your cat won’t notice a change in bowl size or the psychological trick of eating less! 3. Play time! Schedule at least one fifteen minute block every day for play time with your cat, not only is this great exercise for your cat it will also be a great bonding activity for the two of you, win win! You can purchase wands and balls from the pet shop to make it more exciting for your feline friend. 4. Create an exciting environment Have you noticed your cat sleeps in the same spot all day? Maybe it’s because she has nothing ‘better’ to do. Try clearing some space on a shelf or adding a scratching post to create a more exciting environment, even an old cardboard box will keep your cat occupied for a while!
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