Has your cat made a New Year’s resolution yet? If not, it may be time to look at the scale. More than 58 percent of cats are overweight or obese, according to a 2015 survey for the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Extra pounds can lead to diseases such as diabetes or arthritis. This January, make sure that kitty is at her healthiest weight so that she can live her best and longest life.
Talk to the Vet
Before you begin an exercise and diet regimen, schedule an exam with the vet. Your veterinarian will be able to tell if your cat is suffering from any health issues that may cause weight gain and offer tailored ways to help your pet’s health.
Set Aside Play Time
Buy your kitty’s favorite toys in bulk—from bouncy balls to feather wands—to help burn calories while having fun. Your fluffy pal loves playing almost as much as you love how cute she looks while pouncing on fake mice.
Say No to Leftovers
It’s tempting to slide your cat that milk leftover from your cereal, but resist! Those extra calories add up fast, especially if the entire household is slipping the feline its favorite treats.
Cut Out the Carbs
Humans often say good-bye to bread and pizza when they’re trying to lose weight, and cutting down on carbs will also help your cat shed pounds. A balanced cat diet will have a protein level of 35 to 45 percent, according to PetMD.
Think Before You Pour
When filling up the feed bowl, take a moment and make sure you’re following the feeding guidelines found on the cat food bag or can. If you free feed, switch to a scheduled feeding time that will enable you to keep an eye on how much your cat eats.
You are the only person who can help your cat overcome weight gain. By talking to your vet, sticking to a feeding regiment, and increasing play time, your feline will be feeling fine when those extra pounds say bye-bye.