Tips for A Chubbier Cat

Tips for A Chubbier Cat
October 22, 2016 by Modern Cat Magazine

Is your cat looking a little rounder than he should be? Serious cases of feline obesity should always be treated by a vet, who can help you get kitty back to a slimmer shape with medically appropriate food. A vet can also monitor your cat's health to make sure that nothing is going awry. (If you want to know if your cat is portly or just puffy, feel for the ribs on your cat - you should be able to feel them, but not see them!)

If your problem is only modest rotundness, there are a few steps you can take to encourage a healthy weight in your cat. First of all, honour your cat's inner carnivore and choose a high-quality food rich in protein. Your cat is ideally suited to a low carb diet - although if she is on a special diet prescribed by a veterinarian, don't switch it up without talking to your pet's doctor first. Leave food out for regularly scheduled, thirty minute increments and avoid free-feeding, which is problematic for many overweight cats.

Secondly, limit treats. Ideally, you would eliminate them entirely, but if a special treat is needed to get your cat through stressful situations, restrict them to these special occasions.  You could also consider switching to a freeze-dried cat treat like those from Whole Life, which is nearly pure protein.

A good substitute for high calorie treats? Playtime! Schedule fifteen minutes of exercise for kitty, including such high energy activities as chasing a fishing-pole toy, like the cool ones from Neko Flies, or a laser dot. Leave a few toys out for kitty during the day, and make sure you've got a big scratcher to ensure that your cat is getting a good, spine-lengthening scratch. 

With a few simple steps, your kitty can enjoy a healthy weight and a healthy life!

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<p>So glad to see a reference to quality treats like Whole Life!</p> <p>I would like to caution those with obese pets to do their own research on high quality foods. The brands sponsored by vets aren&#39;t always the best.&nbsp; Discuss your findings with your vet to develop the most sustainable plan for you and your pet.&nbsp;</p> <p>For my chubby kitty I found a brand carried in local stores that was just as good and in some areas better for my feline&#39;s diet than the brands the vet carried (and much less expensive). So please inform yourself of your choices :)</p>
Thu, 05/02/2013 - 09:25
<p>Emily,</p> <p>What is the brand you found carried in local stores for your chubby kitty?&nbsp; I have an overweight Russian Blue and interested in good high protein food.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks,</p> <p>Carrie</p>
Thu, 05/09/2013 - 12:51
<p>Thanks for saying that. I&#39;ve gone through great lengths to make sure I have my kids on what I feel is an excellent food for them. But I know if I inquired at my doctors office, they would recommend a brand they sell and THAT food would never be my choice.</p> <p>I appreciate you bringing that to light...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks</p>
Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:05
<p>I have 3 cats. 1 is very chubby, the other is getting chubby and the last one needs to gain weight. I have limit their food intake.</p>
Tue, 05/07/2013 - 09:42
<p>What do I do if my cat will not play? I&#39;ve spent hundreds of dollars on toys and I&#39;ve never found one he would play with. He just lays on the floor looking at me.</p>
Thu, 05/09/2013 - 13:47
<p>Cheyanne, if your cat doesn&#39;t respond to conventional kitty toys or games, get involved with clicker training! At first, you can click/treat reward it for something as inactive as merely shifting its eyes or turning its head to look at your target item... in remarkably short time, you can have it rising, moving around to follow the target stick... walking through a hoop on the ground, which later evolves into leaping over a hoop in the air! It&#39;s all fun - some kitties even do agility courses.&nbsp; Good luck...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:53
<p>My chubby one ( he has a sister that is normal weight) does play, I&#39;ve got to get him to play more (and stop eating his sisters food!); and I do check the food that they both eat- I make sure that they dont have food that is mostly corn. I used to trust labels that say high protein- since when is corn , protein??</p>
Fri, 05/10/2013 - 22:36
<p>I have 5 indoor cats and one of them is over weight and the others are just fine with their weight. I&#39;ve always left dry food out for them to eat whenever they want. I know I really need to stop doing that due to the one that is over weight and eats all the time. Any suggestions on how to let the others have free roam of the food bowl and not the over weight one?</p>
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:40

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