We can advise you on what, how much and when best to feed your cat to keep them fit and healthy. Bruton Vets has a range of nutritious specially formulated food. Many cats have very individual needs and being overweight increases the risk of other health conditions developing such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and breathing problems. Contact
Bruton Vets to make an appointment for us to check the health of your cat.
What causes cats to gain weight?
Weight gain is the result of an increase in body fat. Eating too much usually causes this, especially when combined with lack of exercise. But there can be other contributing factors such as:
- age: older pets are usually less active so require fewer calories.
- breed: some breeds are more prone to weight gain.
- medical problems: occasionally weight gain is associated with a medical disorder that may require specific treatment.
How can I tell if my cat is overweight?
- the ribs cannot be easily felt when running your hands along the side of their body.
- you need to loosen their collar if they wear one.
- heavier breathing pattern.
How can I help my cat to lose weight?
Weight problems are very common and these can be successfully managed through changes in diet and lifestyle. Cats need exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Encourage your cat to follow you in the house, particularly up and down stairs. Use toys to encourage your cat to play or hide food to mimic him or her hunting. Shining a torch with a sharp beam on walls for your cat to chase works very well.