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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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/5/2013 7:05:26 AM

thanks

janet    bethlehem, PA

6/15/2011 4:21:08 AM

thanks for the info, I have two cats who need to lose weight

janet    bethlehem, PA

2/23/2011 4:23:43 AM

important information, thanks very much

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

10/3/2009 6:40:20 AM

good article thanks

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