Easy Ways to Prevent Cat Obesity

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!

How to keep your Cat happy during it’s golden years

How to keep your cat happy during its golden years

The golden years (ages 8-12) may be inevitable, however knowing your cat has stood by you throughout many years of ups and downs and life changes is somewhat comforting. These are the years when your cat probably just wants to relax and watch what the world is doing around him. In order to make sure these are the best years of your cat’s life I have compiled a list of things that will keep your cat happy, comfortable and as healthy as can be.

  1. Regular Vet Visits

This one is pretty self-explanatory, although veterinary professionals believe that once your cat reaches its ‘teens’ it ages at a rate of four human years for every one cat year. Most vets recommend twice yearly visits for older cats to stay on top on any age-related illnesses.

  1. Diet

Aging cats generally need different nutrients to younger cats, so it is crucial that you feed your cat a specially formulated, age appropriate food. This is a great way to make sure your cat is getting the right nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

  1. Grooming

Younger cats may be have a knack for acrobatics when it comes to grooming themselves, but older cats with aging bodies might have trouble fixing their fluff. A once daily brush of your kitty will not only give you some nice bonding time, but will also keep their coats tidy!

  1. Mobility

Your aging cat may have some trouble moving around as easily as she did before. Some suggestions to help your cat get around are to provide ramps or stair-steps to her favourite window sill which will avoid the pain of jumping as well as a lower sided litter box to avoid pain in her joints.

  1. Soft bed

A soft and cosy place to sleep is key in keeping your aging cat happy. As she will be spending a lot of her time dozing. Try a lower sided plush bed, tucked in a corner to give her a sense of security and safety.

Hopefully reading  these 5 tips on helping your cat age gracefully will be beneficial to you and your cat, and allow her to transition into the next stage of her life as comfortable as possible. Our senior kitty’s deserve the love and respect of all family members, growing up I was told that my mother’s cat passed away at the ripe old happy age of 21 years…..