|Cat Care: Am I Overfeeding My Cat?|
|Overfeeding your cat is a common mistake among pet owners. It can be hard to determine whether your feline friend is eating enough or getting too much food when some spend a lot of time outside and others lounge around the house all day.|
|Diet - Starting your cat on a premium cat food that is balanced and complete, and tailored to their needs, will help combat obesity. It is best to choose a formula based on your cat's life stage. For example, a kitten will benefit from a kitten formula for growth and an older cat may have a slow metabolism and would benefit from a senior formulated food with fewer calories.|
Feeding schedule - Some cats can benefit from free choice feeding which allows them to eat several small meals a day, however it can lead to overeating in others. Introducing a feeding schedule can help you monitor their food intake as well as determine whether they have a poor appetite.
Exercise regime - If your cat is a couch potato it might need a little bit of motivation to get moving. Buy your feline friend a few catnip toys, danglers or wand toys to get them active. You might need to get creative.
Evaluate your cat's body condition - You can do a quick body check at home by simply feeling along the side of your cat. If you can feel the individual ribs and see an hourglass figure waist when you stand over your cat, they are most likely not overweight. For a definitive evaluation it is best to consult your local vet.
Please consult your vet if you are concerned about your cat's weight and they will establish a management protocol tailored to their needs.
|Please note: Any information we provide is general information only, for professional advice please seek a veterinarian|