Did you know that obesity is a huge problem among our feline friends? This probably isn’t much of a shock. After all, Fluffy’s schedule pretty much revolves around naps and meals. While your pet will still be cute if she’s a bit chubby, she’s much better off staying near her ideal weight. A Lagrangeville, NY vet offers tips on preventing kitty obesity below.
Serving sizes are a big part of the issue here. Even giving Fluffy ten calories too much a day can cause her to gain a pound every year. That’s a lot for a little furball! Ask your vet for recommendations.
Many of our feline overlords have their humans trained to offer treats on demand. Snacks are fine—and even beneficial—but don’t go overboard.
The best way to monitor Fluffy’s weight is to weigh her. Try putting a cardboard box on a scale, and telling her to stay out of it. Or, you can weigh yourself, and then pick up your cat and weigh yourself again.
Playing is a great kitty workout! Try to play with your feline pal every day, at roughly the same time.
Another way to keep Fluffy active is to give her things to investigate. Cat towers and catwalks are great for this, as they encourage kitties to jump and climb. (They also encourage kitties to stare at their humans smugly, but that’s another topic.) Cats also enjoy having things like boxes, pet tents, and newspaper tunnels.
Sometimes it’s very easy to tell if Fluffy is, well, not just fluffy. If your furry pal is as wide as she is long, she’s probably on the pudgy side. However, it isn’t always that simple. Some cats, like Maine Coons, are naturally big and floofy. Here’s a quick check: try to feel your kitty’s ribs. If you can barely feel them, you probably have a little butterball on your hands.
Have you ever found yourself snacking just out of sheer boredom? Kitties also nibble when they’re looking for something to do. Keep Fluffy happy and entertained by providing her with plenty of toys she can use alone. Window seats are also helpful here.
Do you have questions about your chubby cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Lagrangeville, NY vet clinic, today!