Cats make such terrific pets, from their playful nature to their independence they really are lovable creatures! When you love your cat you’ll want it to be as healthy as can be. Sometimes though- cats can get a little overweight! They love eating and sleeping (as you’ll know), and often they fall into patterns of not being very active. If your vet has confirmed that your cat is overweight here come some handy solutions.

Consider your calories

One of the simplest ways to help your cat to lose weight is to control the calories that you feed it. As a general rule, it’s recommended that indoor based cats eat approximately 20 calories for every pound of weight. Outdoor cats can have up to 35 calories per pound. Most cats spend their time split between being indoors and outdoors (so should eat around 27 calories for every pound). Your vet will be able to weigh your cat and determine an approximate calorie intake for your feline per day.

It’s a good idea to feed your feline meat-based foods. Cats are highly suited to such easily digestible sources of protein. Regardless, ensure that you don’t overfeed them with meat. Can cats eat human food? They sure can- from broccoli to spinach, chicken and beef. They can’t eat all human food so don’t give them things like onion or avocado. Your vet will be able to provide you with a complete list.