Feed the Correct Amount of Food
From there, look at how you are feeding your cat. Oftentimes weight loss can be as easy as feeding the correct amount of food. Check your current cat food label. There should be a recommended feeding chart that will tell you the amount of food that a cat of a certain weight typically needs per day. Feed your cat for the weight that you want them to be, not the weight that they currently are. This will usually mean a cut in the amount of food that your cat gets per day. They may miss it and beg for more for a little while but will eventually settle in.
High Fiber Higher Protein Diet
If you’ve been feeding your cat correctly, you may need to look into a diet food that contains higher fibre and higher protein with fewer calories. This way you can keep your kitty feeling full while cutting their calories and hopefully helping them to drop weight. There are many low-fat formulations available and even some really heavy hitters that are available through prescription. Cut out the treats and instead incentivize your cat with a few bits of their regular kibble or some healthy vegetables, like cooked green beans or carrots, for those more adventurous eaters.
The final piece of the puzzle is exercise. The more calories your cat burns, the quicker the weight will come off. Look for fun, interactive games that your cat can do such as laser or light chasing, battery-operated toys, or even a cat tree or series of shelves that they can jump and climb on. Getting a furry playmate may also help if your cat is willing!
Regular weigh-ins with your veterinarian will help encourage progress or pinpoint weight loss issues before they become a problem. It always helps to have a fresh set of eyes when your cat embarks on a weight loss journey, as the person who sees them every day might not notice any slight differences.
Another important part of the weight loss journey is the destination. When your cat makes it to that target weight and body condition score, it’s important to know how to maintain it. Often that is done through strict portion control and exercise, but it’s important not to take this step for granted or else you’ll be starting back at square one.