Do you have a cat that is a little bit on the heavy side? How about your other cats? Helping a cat lose weight when you have several cats at home can be difficult!
But you are not alone. Many cat owners face the same problem. While it may seem like a daunting task, there are some steps that can make the process easier for you and your cat. In this blog post, we will give you some tips on how to help a cat lose weight with multiple cats at home.
Separate the overweight cat during feeding time
To help your cat lose weight, you should feed him separately from the other cats. You can do this by using a separate cage or a room for the overweight cat during meal time. But do not leave your cat in the cage all day! You can also use a timer to feed your cat for 15 to 30 minutes. After that, take the food away if it is not being eaten.
Reduce amount of treats
If your cat is overweight, it is important that you make weight loss a top priority. Consuming fewer calories is an ideal solution, and this can be achieved by reducing the treats you give your cat.
Consult your veterinarian
Before you try to help your cat lose weight, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Every cat is different, so the best way to help him lose weight may be different for each cat. Your veterinarian can help you figure out how to best adjust your cat’s diet and feeding program to help him lose weight safely.
Check your cat food and reduce carbohydrates
You also need to develop a new feeding program and diet. A healthy diet for an overweight cat usually has a lower percentage of carbohydrates and a higher percentage of proteins and healthy fats. You can find these recipes online or through your veterinarian.
Although it is important for your cat’s health to do this, you should take it gradually so as not to stress them out by suddenly changing their food and feeding schedule.
Know the amount of weight your cat needs to lose
Before you begin a weight loss plan, you need to determine how much weight your cat needs to lose. The Association of Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) states that the average domestic cat should weigh eight to ten pounds. Weighing your cat will help you determine his current weight, but you should also ask your veterinarian to examine him and determine a Body Condition Score.
The APOP advises you to discuss with your veterinarian how much weight your cat needs to lose. This is because your cat’s age and breed also play a role.
Get your cat moving
Even if you put your cat on a diet, he still needs to exercise. You can do this by playing with him with interactive toys, taking him for walks outside (with a leash), or installing wall shelves or cat trees for your cats to climb around the house.
Frequent play with your cat is helpful, but it may not be easy to schedule playtime for you and your cat. Therefore, put it on the calendar as you would any other task.
Exercise not only helps with weight loss, but it also improves your cat’s overall health. It can help him build muscle, increase flexibility and improve his cardiovascular health.
Do not leave unfinished food sitting around
This is a good rule to follow. Make sure you do not leave your cats’ bowls sitting around. Pick up the bowls after a few minutes and clean up any leftover food. You should do this for all your cats, not just the ones you want to help lose weight. This will ensure that the cats who are at a good weight maintain it and do not become obese from eating leftover food.
Reduce amount of food during each meal
The recommended amount of calories a cat needs to lose weight is 24-35 calories per day per pound. If you are over-feeding them, reduce that amount gradually during each meal. Otherwise, you may consider feeding them 3-4 small meals instead of 2 main meals.
A better way to promote healthy eating is to encourage your cats to eat slowly. You can do this by purchasing a food puzzle feeder or a slow feeder.
Do not feed them human food
It may seem obvious, but it’s not a good idea to feed your cat human food. It’s unhealthy for them and can contribute to weight gain. There are many other foods that are specifically for cats. These help them stay healthy while losing weight.
Frequently asked questions
Why being overweight is bad for cats?
Overweight cats are prone to a whole host of health problems. Overweight cats are at increased risk for feline diabetes, urinary tract disease, inflammation and osteoarthritis. Cats may also have hormonal imbalances as well as a shortened life expectancy.
How often should I feed my cat to help him lose weight?
There is no definitive answer to this question. Some cats do well with two meals a day, while others do better with four or more small meals. You will need to experiment to find out what works best for your cat.
How can I tell if my cat is overweight?
One way to determine if your cat is overweight is to look at him from above. His waist should be visible and his ribs should be easily felt. If your cat cannot easily reach his back legs to groom himself, she is probably too heavy.
If your cat appears to be overweight, you should see your veterinarian for help and create a customized weight loss plan. Increasing activity and exercise while portioning food will also help your cat lose weight. Consider feeding the overweight cat in a separate room so you can monitor the amount he eats! For more helpful cat care guides, subscribe to our mailing list below.