The Troubling Challenge: Navigating the Complexities of Assisting an Overweight Cat’s Weight Loss

It’s essential to try and keep your cat’s weight in a healthy range. Obesity can lead to many problems for kitties, including cardiovascular diseases and bone damage. Keep in mind that weight loss should be gradual and monitored closely by your veterinarian to ensure your cat’s health and well-being are maintained throughout the process. If your veterinarian has told you your cat needs to lose weight, here are some tips to help.

Try a Raw Food Diet

Primal FELINE FREEZE-DRIED NUGGETS Small Batch Rabbit Primal feline RAW FROZEN PRONTO Fetching Foods Rabbit IMG_5530
Photo credit: Floppycats.

A raw food diet is the best for a cat, so try switching your kitty to raw foods. They’ll get the proper nutrients they need without any of the filler that can cause weight gain.

Wand Toys

Best Cat Wand Neko Flies Ultimate Rod Product Review - Cat Wand Toy Teaser - Floppycats
Photo credit: Floppycats.

Exercise is vital for cats to help them stay healthy, and a selection of toys will make exercise fun. Wand toys are a great choice because they get your cat running around and pouncing, and there are many options on the end of a wand to keep playtime varied.

Portion Control

Treat for cat
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

If your cat is overweight, then it may be that they’re overeating. In consultation with your veterinarian, gradually reduce how much your cat eats daily.

Remove Dry Food

Close Up Of RedMoon Custom Dry Food
Photo credit: Floppycats.

Dry food is not suitable for kitties – it is packed with grains they don’t need as part of their diet. A raw diet is best; otherwise, switch to wet food to help get your cat’s weight under control.

Limit the Snacks

Cat eating treats from owners hand.
Photo credit: Floppycats.

Sometimes it’s not mealtimes that are the problem, but all the regular snacks. Try to limit the number of treats you’re dishing out, or cut them out altogether if your cat is eating plenty during their normal meals.

Buy a Cat Wheel

Bimini Ragdoll Kitten of the Month in cat wheel
Photo credit: Used with permission for Floppycats.

Cat wheels are just like giant hamster wheels – many cats love to get their zoomies out of their system on a big wheel, especially if you add toys to the experience to get them used to it.

Cat Towers

Orange Cats playing with another cat
Photo credit: Deposit Photos.

A cat tower doubles up as an exercise tool and a comfy sleeping spot for your cat. Having something your cat has to climb will keep them active and give them some perching areas to enjoy.

Regular Weigh-Ins

Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat on a scale at the vets.
Photo credit: Floppycats.

When trying to help your cat lose weight, you must regularly monitor them on the scales. Weigh them every 1-2 weeks to see how their weight changes and whether you need to adjust their lifestyle more.

Get Outdoors with a Catio

DIY Catio Idea Ragdoll Cats Leo and Shelby coming inside
Photo credit: Used with permission for Floppycats.

Fresh air and new experiences are great triggers to get your cat feeling active. If they’re typically an indoor cat, get a catio so they can jump around outdoors without feeling unsafe.

Signs Your Cat is Overweight

Cat at the vets.
Photo credit: Deposit Photos.

There are several signs that your cat may be overweight. They may be overweight if their belly is rounded and doesn’t tuck up behind the ribs or if you can’t feel the backbone or ribs easily without any fat cover.

Ignore Breed Standards

Photo credit: Floppycats.

Don’t take breed standards as gospel. For example, the breed standards for Ragdoll cats say that males can weigh between 15 and 20 lbs – but there are plenty of healthy Ragdolls under this weight and plenty within this range that are actually obese. Cats need to have the right weight for their frame.

Health Risks of Obesity

cat with vet
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

It’s important to take action if your cat is overweight. Obesity triggers other conditions, including diabetes, urinary problems, and arthritis, due to the extra pressure on the joints. So make sure you help your cat if they are overweight.

Alarming Moments: Cats Caught in Embarrassing and Compromising Situations

Crazy cat look
Photo credit: Deposit Photos.

Sometimes you’ll catch your kitty in a compromising pose – as these cats prove.

Feline Fiascos: Cats Caught in Embarrassing and Compromising Situations

Ragdoll Cats and Their Love for Unconventional Napping Spots: The Sink Edition

Elijah and Zacharia - Ragdoll Kittens of Month 20190320_Wubs sink
Photo credit: Used with permission for Floppycats.

Cats in sinks are a common sight for many cat owners and enthusiasts. Enjoy the pictures.

Ragdoll Cats and Their Unusual Resting Positions

More Paw-some Articles from Floppycats

Orange kitten in a hammock
Photo credit: Deposit Photos.

Orange cats are more likely to be males than females, but are they the airheaded species of the feline world? Let’s delve into what the online cat community had to say about ginger cats’ purr-personalities.

10 Cat Lover Opinions: Is The Stereotype About Orange Cats Real?

Discover the Meaning Behind “Splooting” and Uncover the Reason Why Cats Engage in This Behavior

Pictures of Cats Splooting Cats Lying Flat on Stomach with Legs Out
Photo credit: Floppycats.

Have you heard about cats splooting?

When cats lay flat on their stomach with their hind legs out, they look adorable. But what is splooting? Can all cats do it? And is it bad for them?

Cats Lying Flat on Stomach with Legs Out -Splooting

Incredible Cat Heroics: 10 Astonishing Moments When Cats Became Real-Life Heroes

Herioc cat with cap and mask

In addition to being divinely beautiful, cats are intelligent creatures. Don’t believe me? Check out these ameowsing tales shared by a popular online community of cat lovers. You’ll be left stunned.

Real-Life Cat Heroes

 | Website

Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.