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    How can I help my fat cat lose weight?

    Articlecat health and wellbeingThursday 10 May 2012
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    vet Joe Inglis helps a pet owner put her overweight cat on a crash diet

    I'm worried that my cat is overweight and at risk from diabetes but it's hard to ignore him when he miaows for food. I also have another less-food-oriented cat and the fat cat steals his food. Do you have any advice to help control his weight, particularly for someone with two cats? Nicola Cunningham

    This is a tricky and important issue, as obesity is the number one preventable health problem affecting our pets and can lead to all sorts of issues, including diabetes. You have to be disciplined when it comes to food and not give in to his demands – if you do, he will miaow for more.
    Try offering a low-calorie food as this should be fine for both cats, provided the other is not underweight, and you could also try using a feeding ball or toy to make them work for their food. The other aspect of weight control is exercise. Spend time playing with him and encourage him to exercise when you're not there with electronic interactive toys.

     

    My five-year-old female Siberian cat has started weeing outside her litter box. She uses the same spot until we make it difficult for her to get there, then she finds another. She has a brother and they have two litter boxes. Recently, I noticed blood in her urine and a vet said it was cystitis. We are giving her antibiotics and there is no more blood but she continues weeing outside the box, now by the front door. I don't know what to do, please help. Inga, London

    Stress and anxiety are the biggest causes of inappropriate urination and cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) in cats, so I would strongly suspect there is a stress-related cause at the heart of your cat's problems. It could be that there are other cats in the neighbourhood that have recently started coming into your garden, or even into your house, and this is leading to the urine marking and stress leading to cystitis. If so, look at how you could keep other cats out with high fences, spiky plants around the perimeter of the garden and a microchip-activated cat flap.
    I would recommend trying the Feliway pheromone diffuser, as this can help reduce anxiety. Also, try putting more litter trays around the house and make sure they are regularly emptied, as some cats will only use a tray once. Finally, ensure both of your cats have plenty of fresh water available as water intake is an important factor in cystitis cases. A drinking fountain can encourage her to consume more water through play and bottled or rain water sometimes go down better than chlorinated tap water.

    Source: Metro UK

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