• Weight Loss Tips For Your Fat Cat

    Calling all kitty CHUBSTERS! – this ones for you!

    We love them , we hug them and we feed them, but what happens when you feed them a little too much! It seems silly but overweight cats can have a host of health problems which can last a lifetime including (but not limited to):

    • Arthritis and joint problems (leading to lameness)
    • Liver issues
    • Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)
    • Inability to groom properly leading to skin problems and parasites
    • Heart and Respiratory diseases
    • Shortened lifespan

    and if you still don’t see the problem then think of the associated vet costs!

     

    I mentioned in my Indoor Cat Care post that indoor cats were prone to weight gain due to the limitations on the amount of exercise they get, however all cats can have weight problems for a variety of different reasons. Here are a few ways to get the weight back under control and having a healthy and happy cat.

    *There are many reasons that cats gain weight (and lose it) and you should check with your vet if you have any concerns or if the weight gain is very rapid. It could be a sign of pregnancy in un-neutered females or other more serious conditions*

    Regulate Feeding Times – Breakfast and dinner (or other times that suit you) make sure you only feed your cat at certain times of the day. If they prefer to graze thats fine but the food only goes down at certain times of the day. This makes sure that you don’t get “pestered” and give in to impromptu “snack times”. Also ensure that all members of the household know these times and don’t accidentally double feed (we realized several months ago we were accidentally feeding our cats 4 times a day before and after different work times and couldn’t workout how they were getting so porky!)

    Check the food – Check the type of food your cat is eating. Are they stealing off plates too? do they get “bonuses” and treats? you should cut these down and ensure the biscuits or wet food that they are being given is part of a well rounded diet. Check wet food specifically as some can be very fatty and rich which can lead to weight gain, changing to dry food can help to maintain a balanced diet.

    Sneaky Seconds (and thirds) – Make sure they aren’t sneaking food from elsewhere; neighbours, “fresh killings” etc. If you find they have been going to a neighbour then kindly ask them to deter your cat from eating there. Also make sure they aren’t sneaking food without you seeing (leftovers etc) make sure all excess food is promptly cleared away.

    More Playtime – Play with them more, this provides more exercise for both indoor and outdoor cats, as well as providing extra stimulus to keep them entertained. The more exercise they get, the better!

    Pick up the bowls – If your cat is a grazer but seems to be non stop eating you can pick the food bowls up after meal times so that there is only food down for a set period of time. This helps with regulating feeding and not encouraging overeating.

    Fresh Water – Providing fresh water at all times can help keep your cat properly hydrated and regulate their appetite.

     

    Do you have any fat kitties in your life? did this help? let me know how you got on :)

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22 Responses so far.

  1. […] then why not! just make sure they don’t have too many otherwise you’ll need to read my Weight Loss Tips for Your Fat Cat […]

  2. […] Charlotte from The Mummy Toolbox –Weight Loss Tips for Your Cat […]

  3. Charlotte, I don’t have a cat, in fact I’m allergic, but we do have lots of friends with cats. And these are great tips, I’ve pinned and stumbled them so others can use your advice. The images are hilarious, especially the cat wearing the kittydoor around his hips! LOL When pregnant that’s exactly how I felt!!! Our pets deserve to be happy, but only if it’s not endangering their health, it could give so many extra years to love on them, now that’s PRICELESS!
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    • Charlotte says:

      Thanks so much for sharing and commenting! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! the pictures are so funny and an excuse to share my love of cat meme’s as well as important issues :p xx

  4. All of your pictures in this post were so funny, but I know it is a real health concern! I need to share this with my mom as she has two kitties she has loved too hard. They are both big boys!
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  5. Lindsay says:

    I have to admit that I giggled when I initially saw this post’s headline, but you’re quite right. Free feeding can be the worst because you can’t keep track of what amount actually gets eaten daily, and some cats are little piggies. That’s one reason one of my dogs is not free fed – he’d make himself sick and eat and eat and eat.
    Great post. :)
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  6. April says:

    I don’t own a cat, but I have a friend who does, and she needs to read this article. Great info.
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  7. I am telling you now – he is NOT going to like this. Especially not the “pick up the bowls” bit. Makes sense though. I’ll tell him it’s for the sake of his health.
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  8. Great tips :) It can’t be good for a cat’s health to be over weight!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie
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  9. This is such a useful post and very helpful to those who have cats. Thanks for sharing, hope you can join next week with @withfranca #KCACOLS
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  10. I’m sure these tips will come in handy for all those with cat. Funny little picture captions too.xx #KCACOLS
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  11. Great post – our two cats are always wanting more food, but we’re a bit stingy with them and make them finish all their cat biscuits before giving them any more… they supplement their meals with birds and mice anyway! #AnythingGoes
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  12. Whilst we all like to have a chuckle at pictures of fat cats and the jokey words accompanying them, it is true that having a fat cat is so bad for their health. Three of our cats are outdoor farm cats and very much self-regulate their weight. In hot summers they go really skinny and then we can tell when a cold spell is on the way as they fatten themselves up. But it is nothing like the amount of the overweight cats above and purely to help them through the cold weather. At the moment they are somewhere between their min and max weights and the winter has so far been mild. Mind you as soon as they put on any more weight I’ll be searching out my thermals! #AnimalTales
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  13. Mrs Tubbs says:

    Some great tips. We’ve never had a cat quite as fat as the ones in the pictures though!
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  14. Unfortunately we lost our cat a couple of months ago, when he was run over. He wasn’t overweight, but last summer when I was pregnant he suddenly gained weight. The funny thing was that it was my husband’s cat before I moved in and he had always thought it was female, so we envisioned that the cat was now pregnant too and we would not only have a baby but a litter of kittens. Turned out he was a male cat! oopps! Miss him terribly. Great tips! #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x
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  15. Ersatz Expat says:

    Oh thanks for the great tips. Our kitty is a growing girl at the moment as she is still a kitten but she is indoors and I know we will need to watch her as she is greedy. I catch her breaking into the bin and she has to be locked away when we eat as she jumps up onto the table like lightning and then down again before we can stop her. I am sure that bread and porridge are not good foods for cats but she will do just about anything to get them.
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  16. chickenruby says:

    I’ve been told my cat is 2kg over weight and it has been rapid weight gain over the past year, i recently discovered a batty old cat lady is feeding all the strays in the area of which there are quite a few, this means Pushkins is eating the stray cat food that is constantly left outside our front gate, I’ve spoken with the woman who feeds the cats and explained that she isn’t actually helping as they are now breeding more but she just yelled at me and threatened to call the police, i in the meantime continue to throw the food away
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    • Charlotte says:

      yes it’s a real shame when people do this! sometimes it’s more of a hindrence than a help. Encouraging all of the un neutered strays into the area encourages breeding which increases the stray population further which is a vicious cycle. cat lovers who want to help can adopt, take in strays or even foster/volunteer but encouraging lots of cats into a heavily populated area is a recipe for disaster. Thank you for commenting :) xx

  17. These are really useful and we are needing to help yoda loose a little weight as he has gained a little too much recently!

    Angela
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  18. Heather says:

    Good tips! I have one plump boy (nothing like the photos above) and one who has trouble keeping weight on. Very challenging. The slight one gets food all the time — but up high where Murphy’s belly and short legs won’t let him go. Murphy’s big problem is the fosters — especially kitten food. They’re pretty messy and he’s happy to clean up! We try for regular exercise sessions with a laser pointer to keep things under control.


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