Keep your cat fit, not fat, with the help of Vets on the Park
January 14, 2017
If a cat is overweight or underweight, it can lead to a whole raft of health problems, which is why it’s really important you keep an eye on your pet’s body condition.
It’s not always easy to tell if your pet is piling on the pounds or losing weight – so our nurses are offering body condition checks for cats in January.
What to expect at your Body Condition Score appointment
Our Moorend Grove vet nurses will assess your cat on a scale of one to five, ranging from very thin, through to obese, explaining the health problems that can come with those extremes.
Once you’ve had your cat assessed by Rachel or another of our nurses, you’ll have a better understanding of how to keep it at a healthy weight; and our downloadable Body Condition Score Chart should also help.
Slimming tips for cats
Meanwhile, here are a few tips on keeping your cat in great shape:
Feed the right diet
Take into account the age, lifestyle and health of your cat. A 12-year-old overweight cat with diabetes will need a different diet to a plump, 6-year-old, neutered tom cat.
Work out how many calories will be used in a day and feed just enough to allow your cat to burn up slightly more than is being eaten.
Encourage exercise and play
- Use toy mice or feathers to encourage your cat to chase
- Feed your cat in different locations to encourage it to forage
- Provide climbing and scratching posts
- Scrunched up paper balls are fun to play with
- Cardboard boxes and paper bags around the house are great to explore and hide in
At Vets on the Park, we are here to help, so if you think your cat is over or underweight, take advantage of a nurse-led body condition check in January.