How To Help Your Cat Lose Weight Naturally
Hello my name is Jennifer and I have a fat cat. I didn't want to admit it and when family members would comment on the size of my sweet kitty, I would laugh, blow them off, and claim she just had alot of fur. I could no longer deny the obvious when I watched my cat C.C.'s fur almost touch the ground as she walked around. As she has grown in age she has become less and less active and spends the majority of her day laying in a patch of sun by the sliding glass door. It is time to start seeing my cat as she is and not how she used to be.
Like many pet owners, it is hard to admit your pet has a problem and needs to get help. With vetrinarians estimating that 40% of cats are obese it is an issue that can no longer be ignored. Obese cats face many health issues including arthritis, diabetes, and heart problems. The following tips are for ideas on how to improve your cat's health and should not replace a visit to your pet's vertrinarian.
Cats of every age should be exercising and moving around on a daily basis. Find cat toys that allow your pet to chase, jump, and run around to get them moving. Cats love to climb in and out of boxes and other objects. Use recyclables to create an obstacle course for you beloved animal. If all else fails, get a collar and a leash and take them for a walk as you would a dog. This may take a little practice to get your otherwise stubborn cat to walk outdoors and become acclimated to a leash.
I take the easy way out when it comes to feeding C.C. She has a self feeder that I fill up every 5 days so she can feed herself when she is hungry and then I don't forget to feed her everyday. Vetrinarians say this is the worse thing you can do for your cat. They should be eating several smaller meals throughout the day. These meals should be portioned out so you can control how much your pet is eating. To figure out how many calories your cat should be eating visit Dr. Mercola's link to a calorie calculator. A vet can also help you figure out the approprite amount of food your cat should be consuming each day depending on their current weight and how much they need to lose.
Most cat owners feed their cats dry cat food which is high in grains and carbohydrates. This kind of diet is not beneficial to a cat's health and contributes to weight gain. Cats are carnivores by nature and need a diet high in protein to help maintain a healthy weight. There are many experts who say you can find a nutritionally complete dry cat food but most recommned feeding your pet wet food that contains animal based proteins. Be sure to read the labels carefully and know what you are feeding your cat instead of buying whatever is on sale. This also means no table scraps. I know it is hard to not feed the cat food as she is looking at you begging for a piece of bacon but adult food is not meant for cats. There are cat food recipes you can use to make healthy meals for your cat if you have the time and dedication to do it.
Just as adults need to drink water everyday, so do cats. Their water bowls should always contain fresh water and should be re-filled consistently. Cats can never have too much water and they are aware of how much water they should be drinking. Make sure their water dish is cleaned out every few days so bacteria and/or mold cannot grow in the bowl casuing even more health problems. The water bowl should be placed in an easy to access location so your pet can reach it easily.
It is time to do something about the weight issues facing our pets today. We can no longer sit by complacently while our cats eat themselves to death. We all want what is best for our pets as they are very important part of our families and we the owners are the only ones who can do something about it. So get up and play with your cat or take them out for a walk around the block. Don't just sit with you head in the sand and not acknowledging what is going on. My cat will soon be a healthier version of herself as I implement the strategies listed above.
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