Quick Tips: Fat and the Single Cat

Special foods can help cats lose weight. Your veterinarian can help you choose the right diet for your cat.

Posted: Mon Feb 17 00:00:00 PST 2003

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catIt is common for cats to gain weight after they are spayed or neutered. However, if your cat is still young, say less than 2 or 3 years old, it should still be quite playful. If your cat is sluggish or doesn't play like it used to, take it to your veterinarian for a checkup. While serious health problems are unlikely, the possibility should be ruled out.

If everything is all right, then a different diet is probably in order. Gradually switch your cat to a formula designed for less active or overweight cats. Diets for less-active cats generally have somewhere between 10 and 14 percent fat, while weight-reducing diets may be less than 10 percent fat. In addition to providing a clean bill of health, your veterinarian can also recommend the appropriate diet to feed your cat.

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Carole    International

12/17/2015 6:43:37 PM

I adopted a Lynx cat about a month ago. She was about a year old and has a healthy appetite. People says that she's getting fat,but she is very active. How much should she weigh?

Vendetta    McMinnville, TN

11/4/2014 1:51:06 PM

I have eight cats which have all been rescued because no way did I plan on having that many! My oldest is almost 10 years old and overweight. She quit wanting to play at about 5 years old. She was declawed at about a year old which was a huge mistake! I have tried different diet cat foods but she is hungry all the time! She sleeps and stays in our bedroom as she hates all the other cats. If you do not feed her every 3-4 hours all day and through the night, she will jump on top of you or grab the blinds on the window. Believe me it is no picnic to have an 18 pound cat jumping on your back or stomach in the middle of the night. Since I do have to feed her so often, I try to just give her a few morsels so she doesn't overeat as she can puke when she overeats.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

11/8/2013 11:50:24 PM


Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/17/2013 2:20:26 PM


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