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Feline obesity is a pretty serious problem on the rise. Although people find overweight cats to be adorable, that’s never the way it’s supposed to be. Various disorders like diabetes and hepatic lipidosis have been associated with obesity in cats. However, you can’t just start your cat on a diet out of the blue. The whole subject has to be approached very carefully. The best thing to do is to slowly transition her diet.
She may not necessarily be okay with it at first but remember that at the end of the day, it’s for her own good. It’s important to change her eating habits gradually and not overwhelm her with everything at once.
Why is it important to transition your cat into a new diet?
Changing a diet without any pre-warning will not only upset her mentally, but it could also upset her gastro intestinally. It may even end up resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, and even an overall decrease in appetite. If you have a cat that is usually nonchalant about change, start by adding a little bit of her new food with her old one. Start increasing the amount of new food and decreasing the amount of the old one as she grows used to it. If all goes well, you can start following the new diet by the end of the week.
Not all cats are okay with a change in diet though. It’s especially hard to transition some cats to a new diet and it could take a lot of patience. Although it may be difficult, never resort to extreme measures like starving her to achieve your goal. Try feeding her at scheduled times rather than just putting out food so she can eat whenever she pleases. Remove all uneaten food after 30 minutes.
After she grows accustomed to following a diet, start adding new food in with the old. Gradually increase the new and decrease the old. Go slow. Don’t rush the process. She’ll get there eventually, if you rush her, she may give up eating all-together and that can cause a lot of additional health problems.
How should we exercise our cats?
Exercising our canine friends tend to be easier than exercising our feline companions. This is mainly because dogs are more active and cats need a little motive to get into action. Add a few toys to her environment. Leave toys next to her food and water bowls, her litter box, and her safe space (granted that your cat has established a safe space of her own where she goes to get away from the hustle and bustle in the house). Consider adopting another cat to play with her. Cats require communication and interaction just as much as humans do.
Always speak with your vet before you start you vat on a new diet or exercise program. He can recommend the best cat foods and exercise regimes.