Safe, Effective Weight Loss for
Obesity in cats is
very common and can predispose your cat to diabetes, Hepatic
Lipidosis and arthritis. Overweight cats are being seen more and
more by veterinarians for various disorders. Weight loss foods don't
usually work because the ingredients are inferior and substitutes
like corn and wheat are used instead of protein, so your cat will be
hungry and eat more. This page will help you determine what to do
about overweight cats so that your kitty won't have to be encumbered
40 percent of cats in the United
States are considered to be obese! Only 5 to 10 percent of all cats
can be classified as only slightly overweight. In recent years
Feline Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes) has become almost a daily
diagnosis in animal hospitals all across America. Our cats are at
risk for a number of obesity related disorders. Documented research
indicates obese cats are far more prone than cats of normal body
weight to disease.
Dr. Jane Bicks, the holistic veterinarian who formulates products
Life's Abundance, hasn't made a cat weight-loss food
because she isn't convinced that it can be done safely. Instead,
here's Dr. Jane's plan for helping a cat lose weight safely without
1. Weigh your cat, and write the weight down with the date. Put a
chart on your fridge with six columns: Date, Weight, Body Score,
Food, Treats, and Exercise.
2. Get a measuring cup that shows a full cup (8 ounces), 1/2 cup,
1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup.
3. Then do a "body score": With the cat standing and facing away
from you, put your hands on the cat's shoulders, and pull your hands
back over the ribs.
If you easily feel ribs, the score is 1, and the cat doesn't need to
If you feel up to 1/2 inch of padding on the ribs, the score is 2,
and the cat probably should lose weight.
If you don't feel any ribs, the score is 3, and the cat definitely
needs to lose weight. Note the score with the date on your fridge
4. For a few days, measure all food and count all treats the cat
eats. Record all that information. You may be feeding or treating a
lot more than you thought.
5. Use the
Life's Abundance food calculator to see
how much dry cat food your cat should eat. Let's say your cat is 13
pounds. The calculator says 1/2 to 3/4 cup a day of
Life's Abundance Dry Cat Food. An overweight cat is probably eating at least the high end of
6. Start with the total quantity at the high end of the suggested
range for your cat, assuming your cat is eating that much now.
Give two-thirds to three-quarters of the quantity of Life's
Abundance Premium Health Food for Cats, and substitute
Choice Premium Canned Cat Food for the remaining food. The water in
the canned food will help fill the cat up, and extra water is always
good for cats. Here's the comparison:
1 cup of Life's Abundance dry = about 500 calories (3/4 cup = about
1 can of Instinctive Choice canned = about 100 calories.
For this example, let's say the high end of the range is 3/4 cup a
day of dry. Instead of giving the whole 3/4 cup of dry food per day,
give this combination: 1/2 cup of dry (about 250 calories) + about
1/4 cup of canned (that's a little more than a whole can, roughly
100 calories) = about 350 calories a day.
7. Divide the daily amount into at least four meals. If you don't
want to leave canned food out when you're gone, use it in the
evening or whenever you're home.
8. Give treats very sparingly, and use healthy, nutritious treats.
Life's Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats are best. Don't give "junk food"
cat treats that contain corn, wheat, gluten, soy, or sugar. Don't
give tuna as it can contain too much mercury.
9. As the diet progresses, continue to record the food and treats
10. To help your cat lose weight faster, spend more time playing
with your cat. Get a feather teaser (like a fishing pole with a feather
toy on a string). That's a good way to get almost any cat to play.
Also record each time your cat plays.
11. Repeat the weighing and body scoring weekly. Those things help
you see when the cat is building muscle, which will happen from the
extra playing. Building muscle may cause the weight loss to slow
down or even seem to reverse for a while, because muscle weighs more
than fat. Muscle is much healthier for the cat!
12. As always, if your cat loses energy or shows other signs of
illness, consult your vet.
13. As your cat's needs dictate, adjust the quantities slightly up
or down, keeping the total amount of food where it needs to be and
the calories less than you started with.