We love our cats, and sometimes we show our love to our kitties in the form of food. Most cats are crazy for cat food and treats, especially when they hear the sound of a shaking bag or the pop of a tin can on those savory morsels. While feeding your cat an ample amount of food is necessary, overdoing it can lead to weight gain and lower your cat's quality of life. For cats that stay exclusively indoors, they are much more prone to weight issues. Here are some tips to keep your cat at a healthy weight so the two of you can live a long and happy life together.
1. Remember, Food Doesn't Equal Love
It's hard not to spoil our cats with delectable treats, but going overboard on the food can definitely cause them to become heavy. Remember, everything in moderation is key—even when they stare up at you with those beautiful eyes just begging for more.
2. Routine Exercise is Key
Despite the fact that your average cat sleeps roughly 16 hours a day, cats are naturally athletic animals. If you want to keep your cat active on a regular basis, invest in some activity toys to get them moving. Cats love to chase things around, so any toy that triggers their curiosities and gets them active at the same time is a huge plus. Also, don't be afraid to be active with your cat, this is something fun that the two of you can share together!
3. Stick to Certain Mealtimes
Although most cats seem to have an internal alarm that triggers their hunger, sticking to regular mealtimes at certain times in the day is best to keep your cat healthy and trim. Some cat breeds, like the Maine Coon, are larger cats and may have bigger appetites. But still, cats can give into their guilty pleasures and overindulge themselves on food if you're not careful.
4. Only Leave Water Out All Day
Cats will graze if they see food out, so establish particular mealtimes for them each day, every day. Fun fact: a Russian Blue is very rigorous on their feeding schedule, they do best with order and don't like changes in their routine.
5. Make mealtime Enjoyable
Cats love receiving kindness and affection from their favorite humans, so by making their eating time an enjoyable experience, this can instill positivity in them. Providing your cat a low-stress eating environment is essential for their wellbeing, and will help to keep them eating how they should be eating. If a cat were stressed or scared near their food area, this can cause them to overeat in frustration.
- by Modi, owner of a ginger cat