Being a “fat cat” is actually a one hundred year old compliment in our society. Funny enough, the dictionary says Fat Cat means “a wealthy and powerful person, typically one involved in business or politics.” What it didn’t mention is that being a fat cat is sign that your kitty needs a little help with their diet. Most domestic cats should weigh about 10 pounds, depending on breed. Feline overweight and obesity problems affect 59% of household cats. Unless your cat is incredibly obese, you may not see much of a change in the behavior or appearance of your cat. A few extra pounds goes a long way toward degrading the health of your kitty.
Negative Effects of Obesity in Cats
A few ways a cat’s life may be impacted by their love handles are:
- Risk of diabetes
- Risk of heart disease
- Unnecessary stress on joints and bones
- Inability to clean themselves
- Develop or worsen arthritis
It may not seem like a big deal right now, but these effects can worsen over time and really hinder your precious kitty’s way of life.
How to Put My Kitty on a Diet
With the average domestic cat’s ideal weight at 10 pounds, you may realize your kitty is far from their ideal weight. Often, cats eat because they are bored, or they have easy access to their food supply. Try making them work for their food with food puzzles for cats, allowing them to work their minds and their bodies!
If you’re feeding your cat dry food on the regular and / or with full access to their food, consider inviting them to the dinner table (figuratively) at specific times. Cat diet foods are available at pet food stores and vet clinics. Your vet can help determine the healthiest cat food.
Healthy Treats for Cats
You can even bake some DIY cat treats at home with Modern Cat’s recipe. Treats are great for cats, but remember food isn’t the only treat they enjoy. In fact, a study with domestic cats and shelter cats faced them with the choice /between social interaction with humans and food. The result? “Social interaction with humans was the preferred activity for the majority of both pet and shelter cats.” How’s that for a treat?
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