Christmas and New Year are over and everyday life begins little by little again. We know how it feels - maybe you're a little tired of Christmas food and sweets, so maybe... or maybe not, but we all know we have to stop ;-)
There are probably many of us who must/should lose a little weight in 2020 and in the new year, there will be plenty of new opportunities to live a little more healthily - YES!! if we're being completely honest sooooo - actually a bit like last year ik..
Well, enough about me, but this actually also applies to our four-legged friends, as far too many of them have also enjoyed 2019 a little too much ;-)
The good thing, however, is that there are plenty of options and they EASILY, unlike us, can stick to a meal plan that works - because it is not them themselves who have to stand for it or adhere to it, it is us.
But weight means an incredible amount to your four-legged friend, if it is overweight, it can, just like with us, cause an incredible number of problems, such as shortness of breath, especially during exercise, joint problems, lung diseases, heart problems, liver, diabetes and you could go on and on. know as the list is long.
On this overview from Hill's You can quickly see if your cat has weight problems:
But as I said, it's easy to do something about it if you follow the 5 good tips that come here:
1. KNOW THE WEIGHT SO YOU KNOW WHAT "YOU" NEED TO LOSE.
So get your cat weighed at your local vet or wherever possible, so you know its weight and can see what it should lose.
2. FEED WITH A QUALITY LIGHT PRODUCT.
The quality of feed is always important, also when you want to lose weight, you need to feel full, you need to have enough nutrition etc. because it is not unhealthy to be on a diet... So always choose a quality product and for weight loss a quality diet product from i.a. Hill's and feed according to the weight stated on the bag. They write feed based on what it should weigh and not what it weighs. So if your cat weighs 5 kg but should weigh 4 kg, you must feed based on the 4 kg and not the 5 kg. The amount on the bag is also the maximum amount of feed per day. If necessary, ask your vet or at a pet store with trained staff - the staff are trained pet sitters in many "smaller" pet stores.
See our selection of diabetes and diet food for cats here
3. MAKE ROOM FOR A LITTLE TREAT.
It's about quantity, so deduct a little from the daily amount of feed if you give treats and choose some good quality and low-fat treats, we have a lot of different ones and, as I said, it's about quantity most of all.
4. EXERCISE, LOTS OF EXERCISE!
If your cat is an outdoor cat, it probably gets a lot of exercise, but that doesn't change the fact that you have an overweight cat, so a little more exercise probably won't do anything. That's why it's always good to play with your cat, preferably 15-30 minutes a day, so it can do something and you can have fun together.
A teasing stick is great for just this: See our selection of toys for cats here: Toys for cats
5. REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR WEIGHT LOSS APPOINTMENT!
Last advice is to keep at it and make sure other family members or friends don't give it treats or feed "under the table".
Remember that excess weight causes and worsens many diseases, it reduces the lifespan and reduces the quality of life of your four-legged friend.
It is therefore very important that you and your family show patience and discipline in the fight against obesity. Only in this way can you help your cat to a longer and better life.
Good luck with the healthy lifestyle and a very Happy New Year!
Jacob N Masters | Uswithpets.dk
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