Fat Old Cat? Read This!

If your senior cat has been looking a little too well-fed lately, it’s important to know that overweight cats have a higher risk of developing diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer. Helping them slim down is easier than you think—here are some tips to get you started:

  • Weight loss is mostly about diet. Measure the amount you feed your cat every day and feed meals rather than leaving food out for the free choice of grazing.
  • Watch those treats. Cats love a good snack, but many treats are high in sugars and fats. For cats, opt for a dental chew (in limited amounts).
  • Exercise more. Cats can get their exercise by playing indoor games like chasing a toy, laser light, or feather for as little as 20 minutes a day.
  • Get everyone involved. Whether you live with a partner, roommate or kids, keeping your household aligned with the same goal of helping your cat stay healthy will make things easier.
  • Consult with your veterinarian. Vets are experts when it comes to cat nutrition and care, and our vets can consult with you on a plan to help your cat shed those extra pounds.

It’s not difficult to help your cat stay in shape, but it does take time and patience. You may not notice results right away but being consistent is key. For more information on how to help your cat get in better shape, contact us today at 479-571-1228.