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Try to engage your cat for at least 10 minutes twice each day. If your time is limited, most of these activities can be done while you eat, watch television or even read. All the exercise in the world won’t help your overweight cat if you aren’t also attentive to what you’re feeding him. As part of your move toward better health, be sure to get a full medical checkup for your overweight cat and ask your veterinarian to determine your cat’s ideal body weight. Find out how many calories your cat should eat every day to meet that goal safely. As obligate carnivores (true meat eaters), it is easiest for most cats to lose weight on high-protein, low-carbohydrate canned food. Your vet may have some recommendations for you. Don’t ever try to put your cat on a diet without veterinary supervision. Cats have unique dietary needs and metabolic systems, and drastic changes in the quantity or type of food they are consuming can make them very sick. Be sure you don’t make any abrupt changes in their diet, but instead gradually ease them into a new or lower quantity of food.
With the help of your veterinarian, start your kitty’s exercise plan and diet regimen, and, hopefully, you will begin to see a more slender and playful Sylvester emerge. You can feel good that you are minimizing the health risks of obesity and helping your cat live a more playful, mentally stimulating and, hopefully, happier life.
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