Before following any of our tips, your first and most important port of call should be your veterinarian. It’s important you consult your cat’s vet first so that a good starting point can be agreed and any medical issues which may hinder your cat’s progress may be flagged up early.
The formula behind any weight loss plan is simple. The amount of energy output needs to be more than the amount of energy intake. A healthy daily diet for an average indoor cat can be calculated as about 20 or 30 calories per pound of body of body weight. Nowadays, shop bought cat food will offer you precise calorie breakdowns, to help you keep close track of calories.
Diet Cat Food
Packed with all the nutrients required to help keep your cat healthy, but minus the harmful surplus calories which will defeat your cat’s weight loss goals, diet cat food presents a very good option. It may be a little more expensive, but if you really want to help your cat achieve its goal, diet cat food may help.
Canned Cat Food
Some people consider canned cat food to be a healthier option. With controlled and limited portion sizes, canned cat food can help prevent you from overfeeding your cat. However, be sure to check the packaging and keep track of the calories it may contain.
Grazing and Treats
Cats tend to graze through the day much more than dogs, this habit can contribute to adding a considerable number of calories to your cat’s daily intake. The same goes for treats. Most treats pack a calorific punch that you’ll be surprised of when you read the small print!
Hunt for Food
When feeding your cat, change the location of where they eat every single time. This will make mealtimes more challenging, exciting and help you reduce portion sizes and keep a closer eye on eating habits.