A sagging stomach and no waist are two signs that a cat needs to lose weight. Does your kitty show these signs? If so, she’s not alone. More than 57% of cats are overweight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP).
But while your indoor cat may be the queen of leisure, don’t let her get too cozy. Her extra weight can cause health problems like diabetes and may lead to life-shortening diseases.
You know your cat is overweight if…
- You can’t feel her ribs easily
- She has a sagging abdomen
- Her back is broad and flat
- She has no waist when viewed from above
What should your cat weigh?
The ideal weight for a domestic, shorthair cat is between 8 and 10 pounds, according to APOP. This may vary, depending on breed, gender and spay or neuter status. Ask your vet for your cat’s ideal weight.
Losing Cat Weight
As with humans, losing cat weight focuses on diet and exercise. Try to cut calories and fat while keeping your cat active. Keep in mind, a 10-pound domestic cat only needs 200 calories a day per APOP. Here are a few steps:
- Talk to a veterinarian to make sure health issues aren’t behind the weight gain.
- Consider buying a weight-loss food for cats. Most major brands offer them.
- Keep the food dish out for a limited amount of time.
- Avoid table scraps and switch to low-calorie treats.
- Have more than one cat? Feed each cat a separate portion based on her needs.
- Get your cat moving with interactive toys, puzzle games, chase games with laser lights, and other activities.
- Give her toys and attention, without always involving food.
- Weight loss shouldn’t be too fast either. One pound a month is healthy says APOP.
Use these tips to help your cat reach a healthy weight and live an enjoyable life! Visit Pet Supermarket for a wide selection of weight-control products and interactive cat toys.