Keeping your feline friend's body in top condition gives it the best chance for a long and healthy life. If you want to know what to look for to know whether your cat is in purrrrfect condition, simply check out our body condition guide.
The best idea is to gradually reduce your cat's weight. Large energy reduction or starvation diets are not recommended in treating obese or over weight cats as they can contribute to health issues like liver disease.
Our recommendation is to feed 60% of the amount you currently feed your cat.
Your cat's weekly weight loss should be between a minimum of 0.5% and a maximum of 2% of their body weight. So if you have an 8kg, cat you should be aiming for a weight loss of around 40 -160g per week and 160-640g a month.
If you cat's weight loss is more than 2% in a single week, increase the amount you are feeding. If your cat's weight loss is less than 0.5% in a single week, simply cut back a bit.
So, once you have decided your cat needs to lose weight, you need to set some goals. Our recommendation is that your cat's weight loss goal should never exceed 15% of their body weight. This means an 8kg cat should lose up to, but no more than 1.2kgs.
If after successfully reducing its body weight by 15% your cat is still overweight, you can repeat the process. This method ensures that your cat will lose weight in a controlled and safe manner.
If your cat is obese, we strongly recommend you seek the advice of a vet before you start planning your cat's weigh loss. Obese cats can have underlying health conditions that will need to be addressed before any changes in diet.
| ||Keeping your cat active will help it burn calories — have a look at our toy section for some good ideas. And let's be honest, we all love those precious fun times together.|
| ||Cut back on treats to make sure your cat isn't getting too many extra calories.|
| ||Wet food is lower in calories than dry food, so by adding more wet food into your cat's diet, you can help lower its total energy intake without dramatically lowering the volume of food it eats.|
| ||Feeding a measured amount of food several times a day, rather than leaving food out for your cat to graze on, will help you monitor and control how much your cat is eating.|
| ||The most important thing to remember is ‘feed to condition'. A feeding guide is just that, a guide only. You are the only one who knows whether your cat should be eater slightly more or slightly less and whether your cat is an active cat or more of a sedate puss.|