Steps to a Healthy Cat Weight
The VCA Big Pet Project can help you achieve and maintain your cat’s ideal weight.
Quick reminders to keep your cat at a healthy weight
Keep a close eye at feeding times
Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s personalized nutrition plan!
Many cats will replace food for affection. If your cat begs for a treat, try a belly rub instead!
Keep your cat active!
Play with your cat for at least ten minutes twice a day. You can even turn mealtime into a game by hiding your cat’s food bowl!
Monitor your cat’s weight
Keep a record of your cat’s progress, and have regular weigh-ins with your veterinarian.
Nutrition Tips for Dieting Cats
Exercise Tips for Overweight Cats
Before you change your cat’s exercise routine for weight loss ask your veterinarian for a safe regimen that’s appropriate for your cat’s weight.Overweight Cat Tool Go Back to Top
Obesity in Cats
Today’s cat population is mirroring the weight issues of the human population-and the health risks that go along with it.
Our cats are packing on the pounds and it’s not cute. 45% of cat owners don’t realize their cat is actually overweight3 and don’t understand the risks that extra weight poses to their pet. In reality, a cat’s weight impacts their overall health, longevity and quality of life.
But there’s great news:
Overweight or obese cats that return to their normal weights may once again enjoy lively activities and could even experience the reversal of some weight-related health conditions.
What can you do about your cat’s weight?
With help from your VCA veterinarian, you can prevent your cat from becoming overweight or obese, and if it’s a little too late for that, your cat’s added weight can be reduced. Before starting your cat on a diet or exercise program, consult your VCA veterinarian for a proper diagnosis, and to get the right diet for his/her age, body condition and general state of health.
2. Ward E, Budsberg S, Bartges J, et al. Big Pets Get Bigger: Latest Survey Shows Dog and Cat Obesity Epidemic Expanding, 2012.
3. 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)