If you have a cat that is overweight it can be very hazardous to their health. Your cat may be at risk for diabetes mellitus, arthritis, skin problems, heart failure and kidney disease. If you can run your hand along their flank and not feel his ribs your cat is most likely overweight. You do not want your cat to loose weight too fast as this can be hazardous to their health also. So first consult with your vet what is the correct path for your cat. In this article I will try to give you some helpful hints of what will help.
First, check with your vet to see if your cat should be put on a special food, if not you may just want to monitor better what your cat eats. Make sure that all members of the household are on board about the cats diet so they are not feeding Little Fluffy table scraps. Treats should not make up more than 10% of your cat's total calories.
Second, after 3 to 4 weeks take you cat back to the vet for a checkup. They then may recommend a switch in food. Many vets prefer wet food to dry as it contains vitamin-rich fish oils, low fat, reduced calories high fiber content and a high ratio of protein to calories. Many vets also prefer the wet food because dry food dehydrates your cat and contributes to bladder ad kidney problems. Since your cat is eating less your vet may recommend vitamins so they are getting the proper nutrients. Most important work closely with your vet when you decide to change you cats feeding routine.nutrients
Lastly, Cats are like people they gain weight when they do not exercise. It is essential that your cat has space and things that he can exercise on. Yo9u want your cat to leap stretch and run. If your home has stairs this is great exercise for your cat. If your cat doesn't get this exercise on their own I suggest you play with your cat using toy and items that will entice them to be active. Proper diet and exercise is essential in keeping your cat healthy and reducing their weight gain.