Is your cat overweight?

Did you know that around one in three cats in the UK are now overweight? We love to treat our pets and tend to their every whim; hearing them purr when you put their food down is one of the most rewarding sounds to an owner. However, it is important to watch your cat’s waistline too, as being overweight can lead to health problems that can stop your cat from having a happy and active lifestyle.

The most common ailments that affect overweight cats are:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lower urinary tract problems
  • Constipation

The good news is there’s a lot you can do to help your feline friend to keep their weight in the optimum range and reduce their chances of developing health issues.

How to tell if your cat is overweight…

It can be difficult to tell if your cat is overweight just by eye, after all, cats come in all shapes and sizes! Some breeds, such as the Siamese, are naturally skinnier than some of the larger breeds of cat such as the Scottish Fold or Maine Coon. Coupled in with their fur type; long haired or thick furred, winter coat or summer coat, you can see why the odds may be against you in visually guessing an accurate weight for your cat.

It’s always best to have your cat properly weighed at the vets as they can tell you the target weight for their breed. But if you already know the optimum weight for your cat, you can check they are on track at home too.

My cat is overweight… what should I do now?

The very first thing you should do is to visit a vet to rule out any underlining health problems.

If no underlying health problems are found, then you should try to determine why your cat is overeating. Determining this will play a crucial part in correcting your cat’s weight in the long term as well as the short.

Boredom

Some cats overeat simply because they are bored. If you find your cat picks at their food little and often, it is possible that your cat is eating out of boredom.

Diet

You are not alone if you have never read the feeding guidance on the back of your pet’s food packet. Vets have found that one of the most common causes of obesity in our pets is simply that their owners don’t know how much they should be feeding their cat.

Top tips for healthy weight loss:

Check feeding guidelines. We always recommend checking the back of your cat’s food packet to establish how much they should be eating per day. This is usually a guideline based on their current or expected weight that correlates to the correct amount of food for their age, growth and breed. If you are at all unsure of what you should be feeding your pet, please check with your vet.

Do not put your cat on a crash diet and severely restrict their food. small changes one step at a time is best. Make weight loss your short-term goal, but your cat’s overall health is your long-term aim.

Keep your cat active. we recommend finding something that your cat just loves to play with; catnip toys, an old shoe lace or a cat friendly sized ball… and set aside some time, not just for cuddles, but for active play time too!

If your cat is only a little over their target weight, there is no reason why they couldn’t lose weight healthily and successfully with you feeding them the right amount of a well-balanced, nutritional dry cat food alongside some encouraged activity time. Check out our own range of cat food. With veterinary assistance, our nutritionists have worked carefully to formulate recipes that cater to your cat’s overall health and wellbeing. But if your cat is significantly overweight it is best to seek advice from a vet first, they will be able to advise the best route to weight loss that is safe and suits you and your pet best.

If you notice that your cat has put on weight suddenly, lost weight suddenly or doesn’t seem to be losing weight despite your best efforts, then we recommend a trip to the vets to rule out any medical conditions that could be responsible.

If you would like a free sample of Vitalin, please do give us a call on 0844 800 3347 or send us an email info@vitalinpetfood.co.uk.