Cat Kids, Weight Issues, and Solutions
Though your cat kid’s feral cousin burns a lot of calories roaming miles of woods and hunting prey outside, your cat may be content to lounge more and exercise less. While this behavior is typical of indoor cat kids, it can also lead to obesity if they’re not eating healthy portions of nutritious food or getting enough playtime. So, what are some overweight cat symptoms, and how can you help your cat kid get healthier? Read on for some tips!
How to tell if your cat is overweight
Most experts say cats should be between 8 and 11 pounds, though some breeds, like the Maine Coon, can weigh up to 25 pounds and be healthy for their frame. If you’re asking yourself, “Is my cat overweight?”, Dr. Jamie Studtman shares a quick way to tell: “You should be able to feel your cat’s ribs when you push along their sides without the ribs standing out too prominently, and their belly should be up above their knees when they’re standing.” If this DIY test indicates your cat kid is moving up the cat obesity chart, there are ways you can help, which will also help them avoid health issues like arthritis, diabetes, and even heart disease.
What to do if your cat is overweight
Diet and exercise aren’t just healthy for people — they’re great for cat kids as well.
Here are some quick tips:
- If your cat kid eats dry food from a dish you keep out and filled throughout the day, consider switching to controlled portions of canned food, which have fewer carbohydrates and more protein.
- Wondering how to get a cat to eat canned food after they’re accustomed to dry? Mix a little canned food in with the dry each day, decreasing the amount of their dry food until they’re just eating their protein-packed meals.
- Steer clear of frequent cat treats and opt for healthy ones instead, and only occasionally. If you’re asking yourself, “What human foods can cats eat?”, there are quite a few healthy choices that are also chockfull of vitamins, like steamed broccoli, plain carrots, and apple slices.
- Schedule playtime with them every day, which will help them burn calories, spark their natural wiring for chasing and catching prey, and help prevent boredom. Bonus: it’ll give the two of you more bonding time!
Remember: If you’re worried about your cat kid’s weight, you should consult with your vet to make sure the changes you make are the healthiest for your wild child.
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