“Fat cat” used to be a common saying for a person that was sitting well financially. If you have a fat cat you find the meaning to be quite different. An overweight cat can have numerous health problems.
Health problems may include Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, heart disease, dermatitis and poor hygiene. Often obese cats won’t use the litter box appropriately–leaving a mess outside the litter box.
Weight loss is a reachable goal with your kitty. Start with diet. There are 2 types of weight loss food– high fiber with lower calories (Cat Food With Fiber: Why Is It Important? | Hill’s Pet) or “atkin’s type (examples: prescription OM Overweight Management Cat Food | Pro Plan Vet Direct, also not prescription Fat Cats Low Calorie Dry Cat Food Formula | Natural Balance
Also the placement of food can be done in creative ways so that your kitty has to hunt or work for it. Place 3 or 4 small helpings of food in various locations of the house. If the kitty is hungry enough they have to get up and look for the food. After several days start changing the location of the food every day. If cats are healthy enough place the little portions in higher positions. Feed your kitty for the ideal weight-not the current weight. This satisfies their hunting instinct and gets them moving around.
Play time. Toys such as laser lights will work with some kitties. Consider tying a long string to your waist line as you walk through the house. This can attract even the lowest energy cats. Cat fishing poles are fun for you and your cat. Remember this will be a slow start .
Start today to help your fat cat reduce risk of health problems and satisfy kitty instincts. with simple steps at your fingertips.
Dr. Becky Marks