Some tips on how to control your cat’s weight

It might sound surprising for many cat owners that just like humans cats can easily become overweight if they eat too much and exercise too little. And just like humans, they also bear the consequences of overeating. Today, diabetes is one of the most common health problems with pets. So, if you do not want your cat to suffer from it, here are some simple tips that you should follow to control its weight:

  1. Discuss your cat’s diet, food, and ideal weight with a veterinarian. Research has shown that cats are more likely to become overweight when their owners to no consult with vets about their weight. Optimal diet and food type varies considerably for each cat – your vet can help to develop a feeding plan for your pet.
  2. Passive lifestyle and lack of exercise often lead to obesity. No outdoor activity can increase this risk. Lack of activity causes boredom that makes cats eat more than they need. To deal with it, find some toys, set aside play time, and make it a priority.
  3. Switch to wet food. It has fewer calories than dry food. It also contains more water, which helps keep your cat fuller for a longer time.
  4. Forget about free feeding. Set specific feeding times for your cat and minimize treats. If cats have access to food, they can eat all day long. Sometimes, pet owners put out food for all the animals and think that they will regulate how much they eat. This is a great mistake.
  5. Use a pet food measuring spoon, especially in multi-cat households. Talk to your vet about how much food each of your cats should have and then measure it before serving. Each cat has its own requirements.
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