He’s tall, strong, and I am sure he thinks he is a tiger.But there is a point where, as a responsible cat owner, I must draw the line and tell him to wait for his next meal.There is a big difference between a big cat and a fat cat.Poorly managed diet and a sedentary lifestyle are the most common contributing factors behind a prevalent health problem amongst cats—obesity.
"it can be hard to convince a pet owner to [reduce their cats' food]," he said.Just like humans, pet cats struggle with excess weight: at least a third are overweight or obese, a problem arising from too much food and not enough physical activity (... A new paper by animal scientists at the University of Illinois, published in the "The intent with this diet was a healthy weight loss: getting rid of fat while maintaining lean mass," said study co-author Dr Kelly Swanson in a statement."The big question was how much does it take to make cats lose weight, especially lazy neutered males?'The cats exhibited increased affection at both four and eight weeks,' the study says.A stock image is shown above'When compared with their behaviour before food restriction, the cats were significantly more likely to have increased purring, sitting in the owner's lap, resting, and using the litter after their meal at either 4, 8 weeks, or both,' the study explained.All the fat cats lost weight but the high fibre (Hi Fi) diet was most effective, shown by the chart above.Negative values show weight loss The cats' change in weight and behaviours were recorded by their owners at four and eight weeks into the regime change and the results compared between diet groups. Vets have warned of a pet obesity epidemic and animals stay sedentary inside our homes The questionnaires showed a change in behaviour.In this article we will discuss in detail how to tell if your cat is overweight, why your cat may be overweight, and how to help a fat cat lose some weight.If your cat’s weight is 20% above the recommended weight for its size, then your cat is considered obese. You can get an idea if your cat is overweight by doing a body condition score."You might get owners to reduce intake from 60 to 50 grams per day, but we’re telling them they might have to go to 45 or 40 grams." Another major hurdle is convincing cat owners their balls of fur even have a weight problem.A widely used tool for cats is the body composition score (BCS), ranked on a 1-9 scale: a cat with a BCS of 1 is emaciated, while at cat with a BCS of 9 is grossly obese ("like a little blimp," as Swanson put it). "If you have a veterinarian do a BCS assessment of a pet and then have an owner do it, the owner will almost always underestimate the BCS," Swanson said.