Our veterinarian in North Merrick can help your cat lose weight the healthy way!
Cats who are obese or overweight carry a much higher risk for developing a variety of health issues and diseases. However, weight loss in cats, just like in people, can be a challenge. That’s why, in our last blog, we started giving you a couple of tips to help your cat lose weight. Here are a few more cat weight loss tips that every cat owner should know:
#3. Don’t allow your cat to continuously eat.
Leaving your cat’s food out all day is a recipe for failure, and it makes it all too easy for your cat to overeat. Instead, get advice from your veterinarian about how much you should be feeding your cat, and break that up into small meals throughout the day.
#4. Give your cat a different kind of treat.
The cat treats that you can normally get at the store contain hight amounts of carbohydrates and flavor enhancers. The flavor enhancers encourage your cat to keep eating (even when they aren’t hungry) and the carbohydrates promote weight gain. Instead of giving your cat prepacked treats, make your own! Little bits of cooked chicken, cooked fish, cooked carrots, peas, broccoli and even green beans are healthy alternatives that your cat will love.
#5. Encourage your cat to get more exercise.
Many people think that they can’t exercise their cats, but it’s actually incredibly easy! Enrich their environment with shelves to climb on, empty boxes to play in, cat scratching posts and new toys. It’s also a good idea to actively play with your cat. Get a laser pointer for your cat to chase or pull a string around on the floor for them.
If you need help getting your cat to lose weight, contact us! We are always excited to help keep your pets happy and healthy.