How to help out my obese cat?

@anish92 (172)
India
November 20, 2009 10:58am CST
I have a pet cat (2 yrs old) who likes nothing better than to gobble up generous helping of cat food and snoozing off. Neither my mom nor I can spare time on a regular basis (or have the energy to do so after an exhausting day) to make sure he gets sufficient exercise. The outcome can be fatal for her heart and so I'm getting worried. Does anyone know a way out? Thanking you
5 responses
@wlee9696 (595)
• United States
25 Nov 09
Put the cat on an indoor or adult brand cat food that is geared to less active cats. Limit the cat to one bowl per day - maybe half in the morning and the other half in the evening. But somehow, someway the cat has got to get some activity going. You are going to have to spend time with it playing. However cats don't need the same amount of exercise that people need. Consult a vet and get a regular routine going.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
21 Nov 09
buy him healthy cat food, mostly those dry cat food like iams, eukanuba, science diet, etc, and dont give him too much. just give him normal amount, like one cup, in the morning, and maybe some snack in the evening. the bag of food usually has the amount of proportions that you need to feed the cat per day, on the back. make sure the cat has lots of fresh filtered water. and get the cat a cat tree that the cat can climb and jump and have fun with. put favorite toys by the cat, like scratch boards and posts as well as balls, strings, paper bags, and other stuff the cat loves to play with. keep it active so that it doesnt sit around all day and just eat and sleep. my cat eat well and sleeps, but he also runs around in the house, jumping and playing, and he is 9. i only feed my cat one can of fancy feast in the morning when i wake up, and then in the evening he wants his snack of holistic dry food, usually one cup of that. sometimes, late at night, i give him some cat treats, 5 or 4 small pieces.
20 Nov 09
My advice would be not to feed him so much. Just give him little portions at a time. Cats do like to fall asleep tho after they've eaten. There are also 'lite' cat foods on the market, if he is really over-weight it might be an idea to switch his feed to one of those. You could leave him some cat toys too, a ball is pretty good as they will chase it for ages and it's good exercise. He's probably tearing round the house when you and your mum are out. He is a young cat so I'm sure he'll be ok.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
20 Nov 09
Is He an indoor cat only,or does He get out at times? It Sounds like He doesn't get out for much exercise,so he'd really need to be doing some indoors which would usually involve You playing more with him,getting him moving....And a cutting down on his food,or a switch to a lighter version of his food seems to be a good idea too.Has the Vet commented on his condition or given any suggestions?
• United States
20 Nov 09
I know that there are foods out there for cats that are low calorie. You may want to consider looking into those in order to help with his weight management. Also get him toys that do not require that you or your mother do anything. Petsmart carries this mouse that you attach to the door face that could provide him with hours of entertainment. You may also want to consult your vet to make sure that there are no underlying health conditions that are causing his weight issues. I know sometimes cats can be diabetic and this will cause wieght gain. Hope this helps.