Address: S. Getting Your Cat to Lose Weight. It might mean a change in diet and lifestyle, and a little effort on your part, but you can get your cat down to an ideal weight and improve their quality of life. The average indoor cat should have 20 calories per pound to maintain weight. The average outdoor only cat should have 35 calories per pound to maintain weight. If they weigh 15 pounds, then they should be eating approximately calories per day to maintain their weight. If your cat is overweight, you will want to feed for 2 pounds less, or 40 fewer calories a day, and readjust every time your cat loses a pound, until you hit a healthy weight, and then maintain. Not every cat will fall into the average of 20 calories per pound to maintain weight, just like not every person will have the same weight by eating the same foods every day. If your cat is not losing weight after 6 months on the above guidelines, then you may need to lower that level. A good way to figure out your cat? Put a pre-measured large amount of food in the bowl each morning at the same time, and keep track of any wet food or treats you give during the day.
Females are typically more prone to obesity than males and genetics can also be a factor. Cats of all sizes do well with a high-quality prescriptive cat food formula. To help slow him down, put his kibble in a toy designed to release a few bits at a time as he bats it around.
Excess weight contributes to many serious health problems and shortens life, in cats as in people. Except in very rare cases, overweight is the result of overeating. Several factors determine the amount of food your kitten or cat needs. Dietary supplements might seem to be a good way to insure your cat’s proper nutrition, but excess minerals in the diet can cause serious problems, and overdoses of some vitamins, especially A and D, are toxic. You really can give your kitty too much of a good thing. Ask your vet before supplementing your kitty’s diet. In an ideal world, your cat will stay at a proper weight throughout his life. Realistically, he might pack on some extra fat as time goes by. If your cat starts to get fat or too thin, adjust his food portions. If you feed a commercial cat food, be aware that the recommended daily serving on the bag or can is a starting point only, and adjust the amount you feed to your cat’s needs. If you’re not sure his weight is appropriate, ask your vet.
We use a body condition scoring system to help us determine the amount of body fat an animal has. One study showed overweight cats were more likely to be neutered and male. Being overweight was also associated with diseases like diabetes, cancer, and skin problems. Indoor cats and those that are less active are also more likely to be overweight. While dry foods and diets that have more carbohydrates are often blamed for cats becoming overweight, several studies have shown that this is not true and that calorie intake is more important than the type of food. While you might not see any problems, overweight pets have more risks if they need anesthesia and higher medical costs. Additionally, studies have shown that being overweight increases inflammation throughout the body and we are just learning about a large number of health problems that can be associated with chronic inflammation.