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Fat cat? Help Kitty shed the pounds
Giving cats tons of extra snacks like Feline Greenies Dental Treats is how many owners show their affection, especially if they work late or aren't around as much as they feel they should be. Although giving out rewards is OK from time to time, excessive snacking can do more than just show love – it can create an overweight cat.
Even if you dole out snacks only when appropriate, you might still be seeing an unhealthy change in your feline. If your cat is getting up there in age, it may not be able to burn off its regular pet food as easily as it once did, and it might not be getting enough daily exercise. Whatever the cause behind your cat's weight gain, there are ways to help it slim down, before more serious medical conditions flare up.
If you are concerned about kitty's weight, you should bring it to the vet's office before starting any new diets. The vet will be able to first confirm that the cat is overweight and can then help you figure out a suitable plan of action. The vet might suggest a target weight for the feline and then may discuss starting it on a low fat or grain-free cat food like Now Grain Free Senior Recipe Dry Cat Food or Artemis Fresh Mix: Weight Management Senior Cat Food. These options offer a balanced diet formulated to help cats lose weight while enhancing their health with essential vitamins and minerals.
With the new food, you may also want to try a new method of feeding your cat. Some cats are fed in a grazing method, meaning there is always food in their Durapet Cat Dish for them to pick at during the day. For dieting, you might want to stop this method and instead try to feed the feline at specific times – once in the morning and once at night. Only leave the food down for 20 minutes and if the cat doesn't eat within this time, it will need to wait till its next feeding. Although cats are stubborn, your feline will eat when it's hungry.
Picking up new pet products like the Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy or the AppTeasers Plush Catnip Cat Toy might help get your feline moving. Play with these items or a laser pointer on a daily basis with your cat to help it get in some much needed exercise. Offering treats like fresh carrots or celery over fatty biscuits may also assist your feline in reaching its target weight.