Many people love the appearance and the feel of a big fat cuddly cat. However, if you want your kitty to live a long time and to feel healthy for as long as it lives, make sure you do your best to try to control your cat’s weights. Cats, like people, are living longer thanks to the advances in medical technology. The greater longevity in felines has given pet owners the responsibility of checking for health problems that are common in older cats. Obesity is one of the most prevalent issues relating to cats over the age of seven. Once a cat reaches this age, he or she is considered to be a senior citizen in cat years. Therefore, the cats tend to run and jump a lot less than they did when they were young and sprightly, and they are likely to put on ounces or even pounds because they are eating more and are less active. Of course, cats can become overweight even when they are young, but it is a more common issue as a cat ages.
If you adopted your cat as a little kitten, you may remember how much a kitty at the age of six months eats during its growth spurt. After this period of time, its eating gradually tapered off to the level of a normal adult cat. In your kitty’s younger years, it might’ve been fine just to leave food out and allow the cat to graze when it wished. However, if your cat is approaching seven years old, you should think about regulating meal times if you haven’t already. As much as possible, try to get your cat to eat at regular times and practice portion control. Reduce the amount of treats your cat eats, because snacks can be responsible for additional weight gain.
An annual visit to the veterinarian is essential for every cat and this is especially true if you are concerned about the kitty’s weight. The veterinarian will weigh the cat and see if he or she is at a normal level. If your cat is overweight, the veterinarian will recommend some low calorie food to help your kitty lose weight lose weight. It is important to be disciplined in the way you feed your cat and not allow it to eat human food or dog chow. It is also important to encourage her to drink generous amounts of water.
In addition to diet, exercise is also an important part of maintaining a healthy feline weight. Many older cats tend to suffer from arthritis which can make movement difficult, but it is important to encourage your kitty to exercise. Purchase toys such as balls and other items that encourage your cat to run and jump. Some people have tried putting a cat on the treadmill at low speed, but this should only be done if the cat likes it and with vigilant supervision. Not all cats like to be taken out on leashes, but if you are a pet owner whose kitty enjoys it, daily walks can be a great way to keep off the weight.