According to statistics, 4% of cats in our country are overweight, that is, their body weight exceeds ideal by 15%. But obesity, when excess weight reaches 30-40%, suffers from every twentieth pet. It is to these animals that special foods with a low calorie content are shown first of all.
Causes of the problem
Overweight in a cat can be formed both from overeating and due to the influence of other factors. With food, it is clear: the animal must receive exactly the amount of calories that it needs to maintain health and full development.
Moreover, the cat should be fed with ready-made rations in the recommended norms, and not with homemade food.
Now let’s dwell in more detail on other factors that determine the likelihood of an animal gaining excess weight. This is a breed – purebred animals are less prone to gaining extra pounds than mestizo. Age is at risk for cats aged 6-8 years.
Reproductive status – special attention should be paid to the weight of neutered and neutered pets. Physical Activity – Cats with outdoor access keep fit more easily than pets alone. Also, the reason may be in the genetic predisposition and individual characteristics of a particular pet.
First, determine your cat overweight or not? If you look closely you can understand checking visually. If you feel your cats ribs and spine poorly then a problem exists. A overweight cat will have a big stomach and big waist.
And not one, because significant excess weight is a threat to the health of the animal. It leads to a reduction in the life span of a cat, undermines the pet’s immunity, provokes the development of diseases of the digestive system, joints, urinary, and other body systems.
Therefore, the problem of being overweight should not be ignored.
And her decision
The main rule of feeding a cat is to give her complete food in compliance with the recommended norms and not allow the pet to eat from the home table, even if you really want to. That is, the animal should be protected from dishes that are familiar to humans, but not useful for a cat.
However, if this rule is observed, and the pet is still gaining weight, it is necessary to slightly revise the nutritional algorithm: increase the proportion of the wet diet in the daily diet of the cat, since it is 4-5 times less caloric than dry food. If the process of gaining extra pounds continues, then you need to contact your veterinarian.
After the examination, he will establish the true cause of the appearance of excess weight. Two options are possible here.
First, the cat will get a prescription of a low-calorie diet. There are appropriate foods on the market that a veterinarian can advise: in particular, Satiety Weight Management SAT34 from Royal Canin or offerings from Hill’s Prescription Diet, Monge, and others.
You should not select feed on your own. Why? Here we move on to the second option. The specialist will probably determine that the source of the problem is not in the diet. He will prescribe the treatment for the cat that is adequate for its condition. That is, the decision of the owner of a full cat to show it to the doctor will be correct in any case.