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    How to Put Your Cat on a Diet

    Articlegeneral cat adviceWednesday 31 August 2011
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    Although fluffy pets always make people laugh, the obesity among feline starts to be a serious problem. Obesity in cats might have serious consequences such as : arthritis, diabetes, heart and liver issues, etc. Obese cats might also suffer from bladder stones or skin conditions that require special eating habits. Diabetic cats need strictly monitored care and feeding.

    Getting a cat to follow any diet not of his own choosing is quite a complicated task. Cutting out treats and smaller portions of food might be the right way to keep your cat healthy. You should start worry about your cat’s weight when your cat’s body fat exceeds 20%. As this examination might result complicated you should look at your feline closely: view your cat from above, if your cat has no waistline or abdominal tuck, the cat is too fat. You should be able to feel (not see) it ribs. Also a swinging fat is a sign of obesity. Cat’s ideal weight depends on age, breed, lifestyle, bone structure and gender, but the average adult cat generally should weigh between 7 to 11 pounds (3.1 to 4.9 kilograms), with females weighing a little bit less.

    Never put your cat on a diet, or switch to "diet food," without first consulting your vet. Drastically changing the amount or type of food your cat eats can invite digestive problems or deplete crucial nutrients. The vet will help you to determine if your cat has health problems in addition to being overweight.

    Remember that some extra exercise might also help to loose some extra weigh. Learn here how to do it!

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