The best idea is to gradually reduce your cat’s weight. Large energy reduction or starvation diets are not recommended in treating obese or over weight cats. Such diets can cause health issues particular such diets can cause the onset of liver disease.
Our recommendation is to feed 60% of the amount you currently feed your cat – for example, if you currently feed 1 cup of dry food a day you should reduce this to just under 2/3 of a cup.
Your cat's weight loss per week should be between a minimum of 0.5% and a maximum of 2% of their body weight. So if you have an 8kg cat you should be aiming for a weight loss per week of around 40-160g or 160-640g a month.
If you cat’s weight loss is more than 2% in a single week increase the amount you are feeding.
If your cat’s weight loss is less than 0.5% in a single week reduce the amount of food offered.
So once you have decided your cat needs to lose weight you need to set your cat some goals. Our recommendation is that your cat’s weight loss goal should never be more than to lose 15% of their body weight – this means your 8kg cat should lose up to 1.2kgs.
If after successfully reducing their body weight by 15% your cat is still overweight then just repeat the process.This method ensures that you cat loses weight in a controlled and safe manner.
If your cat is very obese we strongly recommend you seek the help of a vet in planning your cats weigh loss. Obese cats can have underlying health conditions which need to be addressed before any changes in diet.
Keeping your cat active will help them burn calories – have a look at our toys section for some good ideas.
Cut back on treats and scraps to make sure your cat isn’t getting too many extra calories.
Use our handy personalised feeding guide to help give you an idea of how much your cat should need to eat.
Wet food is lower in calories than dry food so by adding more wet food into your cat’s diets you can help lower their total energy intake without dramatically lowering the volume of food they eat.
Feeding a measured amount of food several times a day rather than having food out for your cat to graze on will help you monitor and control how much they are eating.