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Fight against obesity in cats

Fight against obesity in cats

By knowing the first signs of obesity in your cat, you will be able to stop this pathology before it is necessary to set up a drastic diet. It is difficult to objectively assess the overweight of a cat. It is necessary to observe its silhouette: if the ribs and the spine are difficult to feel and the “waist” (hollow side) is no longer visible, the cat is considered to be overweight. You may also notice difficulty jumping on furniture or decreased grooming. Finally, your veterinarian can alert you during a control consultation or during a vaccine. Once the diagnosis has been established, it is first of all important to define the energy needs and the ideal weight of the cat. Dietary treatment can then be implemented.

The dietary treatment

The diet must be stable and made up solely of kibble without any treats or table scraps. Rather than restricting the cat’s daily ration, which would starve it, there are “light” kibbles, whose concentration in energy and lipids is reduced, while covering all the nutritional needs of the cat. Their fiber content is often higher, which promotes the feeling of satiety. The daily quantity will be reduced in stages until the ration corresponding to the weight to be reached is reached. It will be split up as much as possible, this prevents the cat from fixing too much fat. Don’t forget the physical exercises! Various and varied toys must remain at his disposal so that he can play alone or with his owners. Do not be discouraged, weight loss can sometimes be long but the results are often impressive if the owners are motivated and follow strictly diet.

How to avoid weight gain?

Vigilance is essential! A stable and suitable diet, whether in quality (according to age, size, activity, etc.) but also in quantity (according to weight and the energy intake of the food) is essential. No table scraps should be given and treats should be rare. It is essential to monitor the cat’s weight at home or at your veterinarian’s every month if it tends to get fat. Do not forget that cats like to snack up to 20 times a day. If you give your cat two meals a day, his bowl will often be empty and he will ask between meals for fear of missing out! You will therefore have the impression that your cat is always hungry, and he may make you “crack”. The ideal mode of distribution for cats is therefore self-service, which will allow your cat to make as many meals as he wishes during the day. You can then help yourself with an automatic kibble dispenser. If your cat has had to go on a diet and has finally reached the ideal weight, follow-up is imperative. It is necessary: ​​- either to keep the same croquettes but to very gradually and slightly increase the daily quantities, – or to choose a slightly more energetic food while maintaining the same quantity. Weight tracking should be done monthly.

What if the diet is not effective?

We advise you to consult your veterinarian. Indeed, certain pathologies can limit weight loss. We can then think of diabetes, which is characterized by a state of hyperglycemia due to poor use of glucose following a total or partial insulin deficiency. Your veterinarian will then look for the main diseases that can reduce weight loss, or even cause weight gain. A blood test will then be necessary to detect diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome and hypothyroidism, but it is rare in cats In conclusion, to make your cat lose weight and/or prevent it from gaining weight, you need a stable diet, in the form of kibble , and quality. If necessary, choose a light food and respect the quantities necessary for the weight to be reached. Don’t forget that the cat likes to nibble, leave its kibbles self-service and consider the kibble dispenser. Offer him toys or a cat tree so that he can exercise and play with him as much as possible. And finally, do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian because obesity is a pathology and he can help you.Docteur Caroline BouheddiVétérinaire du site

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