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You’ve heard it all before: Our pets are getting fatter and it’s clear that we pet-loving humans are to blame. The “food is love” culture we live in is commonly cited to help explain why we overfeed our pets.
Nevertheless, I’m here to tell you that your cats can be trimmer, happier and healthier if you follow these seven “simple” steps:
Step 1: Enact portion control measures. (No more bottomless bowls of kibble!)
Now, I understand that this can be hard to do. Especially when you’ve got multiple cats swirling about your feet pleading vociferously for more. But trust me… this too shall pass.
Note: Reducing the quantity of food too rapidly can lead to a serious disorder called hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease). Obese cats are especially predisposed to this condition. Always ask your veterinarian for advice on how much to feed, especially when it comes to weight loss.
Step 2: Feed cats in separate spaces. This decreases “stealing” behavior, reduces resource-related inter-cat anxieties, and encourages a more relaxed approach to feeding time.
Step 3: Feed wet foods. An increasing cache of evidence suggests that wet or even moistened kibble diets can increase activity levels and lead to weight loss.
The theories behind this differ, but activity levels seem to rise when cats consume water within their meals. Which kind of makes sense when you think about it. After all, cats were originally desert creatures who had little available sources of water and ate their prey whole, blood and all. (I know, I know, it’s gross.)
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