Overfeeding, Obesity and Overweight Cat

How Veterinary Discover Overweight Cat

Overweight cats are usually well cared for and much loved and are likely to be the ones regularly seen at a veterinary clinic (for vaccination boosters, etc.). It is, therefore, often the veterinary surgeon who first alerts the owners to the fact that their cat is overweight and is the one who suggests a slimming routine. 

Usually, the cat is weighed to discover the extent of the problem, and a correct target weight will be established. There is likely to be some discussion about the current eating habits of the cat, and total honesty is needed here on the part of the owners. When the daily amount of food being given is examined critically, many people are astonished to realize how much they are overfeeding their pets.

One Of The Process Weight Loss For Cats

In some cases, cutting out all the extras and titbits along with a small reduction in the healthy meal may be all that is needed to bring about the desired weight loss. 

In other instances, it may be suggested that the cat should be put on a specially formulated ‘light’ diet that is lower in fat. The aim is to achieve a gradual weight loss by a sensible reduction in the amount of food given rather than to starve the cat.

See The Difference

It may be suggested that the cat is weighed once a week. This can be done at home by the owner considering himself (or herself) first and then repeating the process while holding the cat. The difference between the two is the weight of the cat and, while it cannot be accurate, it is to be hoped it will give some idea of how things are progressing. 

After weeks, the weight loss should be able to be seen and felt, even in a very furry cat. The veterinary surgeon may wish to see the cat again for a more accurate weighing. Once the target weight has been achieved, the food allowance may be gradually increased to a maintenance level. Weekly measuring at home can then ensure that the problem does not recur.