It can be a tricky question, when it comes to giving your cat the right nutrition. Especially when there are so many options for both wet and dry foods, you might be wondering how to figure out a healthy diet that is the best fit for your cat. If you are concerned that your cat is starting to put on too much weight, then try some of these tips to make sure that they are eating healthy.
See the Vet
The number one thing that you should do is take your cat to the vet if you have any nutritional concerns. There are a lot of tips and opinions online about what types of food to give your cat and how much they should consume, but it takes the expert eye of your vet to know what is exactly right for your cat. Unfortunately, some cats might have additional dietary struggles, such as feline diabetes, that will affect how you should feed them. Your vet can tell you which types of food to try and how often you should feed your cat a day.
Signs of Obesity
The sad truth is that many cat owners overlook the warning signs of obesity in their cats. A little pudge is not cute; it can be quite unhealthy and lead to heart problems, joint strain, and diabetes. Generally speaking, most adult cats should be no heavier than ten pounds, though that varies depending on the breed. Some vets will tell you that the sign of a healthy weight in cats is that you can still feel their ribs when you hold them but you don’t see their ribs sticking out. If you hold your cat and it feels like there is a layer of fat over where their ribs should be, then it’s time to take them to the vet.
Aside from seeing the vet first, there are some general guidelines to help you check if you are giving your cat too much food. Keep in mind that most cats live a very sedentary lifestyle, which means that they prefer napping most of the day rather than getting exercise. Similar as in humans, when you consume more calories than you burn then it starts to get stored as extra weight. It’s best to ask your vet about the proper portion size and stick to that.
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For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!
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