Weight gain can happen to all pets and this is no different for cats. Having extra weight can have a huge impact on your cats long-term health and wellbeing, but tackling weight loss does not need to weigh on your mind. Peak Vets can help provide deitary, nutrionally and exercise advice and plans that will support your cat's journey back to a healthy weight for their age and breed.
Food for thought
Your cat's diet will be integral to this, as this is probably the single most important factor in promoting and sustaining a healthy weight. It is not just the amount that is imperative to get right, but the type of food and number of times per day your cat should eat.
Cats require a good daily dose of vitamins D and E, a source of Omega 6 and a balanced intake of minerals. When choosing cat food, be sure to read the packaging to ensure the nutritional requirements are met, whether the food is wet or dry. Cats can be fussy eaters so you may have to try a variety of options to see which one suits your cat’s needs the best.
Quench their thirst
Ensure your cat has a bowl of clean drinking water available throughout the day, regardless of how many times a day they are fed. Milk is best avoided as it is no substitiution for water, no matter how much your cat laps it up.
Our veterinary team can advisehow often and how much tof eed your cat, taking into consideration several factors including age, breed, activity level and weight. As your cat ages and goes through different stages of life, they will requiredifferent dietary requirements so check this with your veterinary team too.
Food glorious food
There are certain foods that should be avoided at all costs due to being inherently dangerous:
- Raisins and grapes
- Macadamia nuts
- Bread dough
- Anything containing artificial sweeteners
Giving cats dog food is a no-go as they are unable to effectively process carbohydrates (heavy in dog food). Giving them meaty, nutrionally balanced and nutrient rich cat food helps sustain and promote a healhty weight for your cat.
For any questions you may have, please speak to our friendly team and book one of our weight clinics.