Keeping a cat fit is a challenge, since they live mostly inside and love to sleep all day. So it’s no surprise that more than half of the cats in the United States are overweight. While an overweight cat may seem cute, their excess fat can cause more serious health problems, like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, high blood pressure and kidney disease. With all of this in mind, we have some tips to share for helping your cat to get—and stay—in great shape.
- Food quality: Cat’s bodies are designed to process a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Feeding a cat solely dry food and processed treats contributes to their weight gain. Dry food tends to be higher in carbohydrates, while wet food is generally protein-rich. For a little variety, Pet Supermarket offers a large assortment of delicious canned foods as part of your cat’s healthy diet.
- Food quantity: Find out how much food your cat actually needs, which can vary based on age, breed and activity level, and limit their daily intake to that amount. If you “free feed” them, they’re much more likely to overeat.
- Skip the milk: Despite popular belief, milk is very bad for cats. They lack the necessary enzyme for breaking down the lactose found in milk. Instead, provide plenty of fresh water in a bowl that’s cleaned daily.
- Keep playing: Increase your cat’s activity level by playing with them more frequently. Laser pointers and feathers are examples of toys that most cats love and will chase, helping them to burn off more calories. We have an outstanding selection of cat toys that will keep your cat mentally stimulated and motivated to play.
- On the hunt: Give your cat a challenge and get him moving by hiding his food in small bowls around your house. Not only will he get moving trying to find it, it will also engage him mentally as he “hunts” his “prey”.
With some awareness and a little bit of time, you can turn your fat cat into a lean, mean purring machine.