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...Fat Cats!

Cats overeating is a common problem.

Many well adjusted cats naturally moderate their own intake & maintain a healthy weight.

Many equally well adjusted cats overindulge given the opportunity, & can become obese.

It does not occur with every case, but occasionaly neutering a male can cause a weight gain if the cats intake remains the same, while the nutrients usage within their bodies lowers. There are specific neutered cat diets available if this is the case.

Overweight cats can become quite grumpy, as they are anable to vent normal behaviours & can become obsessed with their only pleasure - food!

The best way of monitoring a cats diet is by regular, measured feeding times. Leaving food down for a cat to graze upon if there is a pair or more will make food constantly available for the more food motivated of them. This could leave you with a common problem of one fat cat & one skinny. One medically requiring less food & one requiring more. The way to combat this problem is by feeding them seperately, being strict with the quantities, even watching over them at mealtime & picking bowls up after they finish.

Activity boards & treat balls can slow down a cats eating to prevent them from wolfing their meal down. Eating more slowly can also make them feel more full up.

Following the above advice along with providing them with some excersise if you want to help a cat to lose weight. If they are food motivated you could reward them with a biscuit from a main meal at the top of your stairs - so the have to climb up to get it. Then again at the bottom - repeating the process as many times & perhaps daily to increasing their circulation & energy usage.

Otherwise, play with them to get their circulation moving - to help break down fatty depsits & burn stored energy. With a great many cats, you can have them running around you in circles chasing a string fishing rod toy.

Plain old string tied to a (fishing style) rod can work wonders

Plain old string tied to a (fishing style) rod can work wonders

String tied to the end of a stick gives you control over the fun end & keeps hands at a comfortable distance from claws

String tied to the end of a stick gives you control over the fun end & keeps hands at a comfortable distance from claws

Aggression being taken out on a toy tied to string

Aggression being taken out on a toy tied to string

String games are good exorcise

String games are good exorcise

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