Weight Management for Your Cat
Obesity in cats can create health issues such as respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Did you know that just a pound or two may make a difference in your cat’s health? It can, so it is important for you to watch your cat’s diet and make sure he or she gets plenty of exercise. Keep in mind that an average-size cat should weigh between 8 and 10 pounds.
Kittens should be fed a high-quality kitten food. Purina ProPlan, Purina ONE, Wellness, EVO, and California Natural are brands we recommended. Failure to feed a high-quality diet could result in urinary problems and obesity. Once kittens reach 8–10 months of age, they should be gradually changed to a high-quality cat food.
When you buy cat food, look for brands that are labeled “AAFCO approved and tested.” Foods so labeled have been balanced following the National Research Council’s guidelines and most have been proven in testing. The first ingredient should always be meat (chicken, turkey, lamb, etc.) and not corn, corn meal, or animal by-products.
Do not feed your cat people food. Table scraps can really help your cat pack on the pounds in no time! Also, remember that snacks and treats are for “special” times and are not to be free fed. Instead of giving a snack, treat your cat to lots of love and attention.