Fat cats aren't healthy cats...

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fat_cat_weight_issue.jpgIs your cat starting to look like a ball with legs lately? Just like people, excess weight can shorten a cat's life. In most cases, excess weight in cats are a result of overeating and a lack of activity.

There are several factors that will determine how much food your cat will need in a given day:

  • Quality of food: With cat food, you tend to get what you pay for. If your cat's food ingredients list fillers as the main ingredient, then your cat is forced to eat more to satisfy his or her hunger. This isn't an ideal situation for your cat. Ideally, you want your cat to be eating nutritionally dense food that will satisfy his needs. If you care for your cat's welfare, (I'm assuming you do because you're here) take the extra time to consult a vet about the ideal food for your cat's dietary needs. Good food is crucial to their health.
  • Activity level: If your cat is a couch potato (see video below) then your cat won't have the same nutritional requirements as a cat that is very active. Observe your cats activity and adjust his or her feeding accordingly. Remember that even a half a pound increase in your cat's weight is significant when you consider most domestic cats are in the ten pound range.

  • On a day to day basis, only you can tell if your cat is lethargic or active. Based upon their activity, vary your cat's intake of food. I can't emphasize enough that the quality of your cat's food will have a huge effect on his or her health.

    If you're not sure what your cat should weigh, do the smart thing and take him to a vet. I would also recommend that you bring the packaging/ingredients list of the type of food your cat consumes.

    I'd love to hear your horror stories or positive reviews of good cat food below.

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