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The Top 3 Ways To Help Your Cat Beat The Bulge

Is your cat among the roughly 50 percent of all cats that are overweight or obese? If you are the proud owner of a tubby kitty, you need to take immediate action. Your cat may look cute, but their excess folds of flab will potentially cause a whole host of health problems included arthritis and type 2 diabetes. If you want your cat to lead a long and healthy life, here are the top three ways to help them trim down.

#1. Buy Fitness Toys

In 2013, a BBC TV crew took over an entire British village to produce a feature-length documentary called ‘The Secret Life of Cats’. Wildlife experts more used to tagging cheetahs and lions developed miniature GPS-tracking collars complete with tiny cameras and microphones. Over 70 cat owners allowed their pets to be tagged to find out what their cats did when they left home. The collars let the researchers see where the cats went, what they did and at precisely what times.

Although there were a few surprises such as certain cats raiding the food bowls in other people’s homes, in general the GPS trackers showed that cats did surprisingly little. Over half the cats ventured less than half a mile from their owner’s home. The documentary makers noted this inactivity as one reason why cats could be gaining weight. Therefore, one of the best ways to help your cat shift the pounds is to buy fitness toys that stifle the sedentary lifestyles that cats tend to enjoy. Fill your home with wall climbers, cat trees, wands, food puzzles and even laser toys – anything to get your cat active.

#2. Enroll Your Cat In A Fat Loss Boot Camp

These sound like gimmicks but they are actually offered by professional vets. The name of the course is slightly misleading, as the cats aren’t separated from their owners. The owners simply bring their cats along for weekly sessions where they have their cat’s health and weight monitored. These courses begin with a nutritional consultation so the vet can prescribe the correct food type and quantity for each cat’s breed and age. The remaining sessions offer exercise and eating tips. Most cats achieve a healthy weight within three months.

#3. Take Your Cat For A Nutritional Consultation

As staff at one Staten Island veterinary hospital point out, few cat owners have the time to take their pets to regular sessions. A one-off nutritional consultation with a vet gives most cat owners all the details they need to help their cat lose weight. The consultation begins with an examination of the cat’s weight and health. The vet will then prescribe a tailor-made diet for the owner to supervise. These diets can be general or may be tailored towards addressing specific concerns such as nutritional deficiencies or particular illnesses. Most vets will emphasis the importance of sticking with one particular food type for your cat and avoiding giving them food to snack on between meals. One or two follow-up consultations will help cat owner’s check the progress of their cat’s diet.

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