How to Put a
Cat on a Diet
Kaitlyn’s 4-year-old daughter named their cat “Mr. Pig.” The
kid found it hilarious that the feline would eat whenever he
wants and as a result has grown so big. Kaitlyn doesn’t think
Mr. Pig’s weight is healthy any longer. A cat shouldn’t really
weigh as much as a small dog, should it? She thinks a change is
But how to put a cat on a diet?
Kaitlyn’s pet isn’t unlike many household pets in the
country. Many of them pretty much eat whenever and rarely see
the inside of a vet’s clinic. That’s unfortunate because even
if a cat is just a pound over his ideal weight, he can already
be in big trouble. This is because overweight cats are more at
risk of developing diseases like osteoarthritis, type 2
diabetes, respiratory problems and non-allergic skin
But how can you tell if your cat is indeed fat and not just
built that way?
Well, an average cat weighs anywhere between 8 and 10
pounds. If you can’t put him on a weighing scale, though, you
can try the following to determine if he’s packing on the
1) Squeeze the sides of your cat’s rib cage. Needless to
say, you have to be gentle about it. If you can easily feel the
ribs, congratulations, your cat isn’t overweight. But if you
had to press to get at the ribs, then he might be heavier than
he ought to be.
2) Check your cat’s waistline. Ideally, his body should be
more slender going from belly to hindquarters.
3) Look between the cat’s hind legs. If you see a swinging
pouch, then yes, kitty is overweight.
Or really, just listen when he jumps off any furniture. If
there’s a thud whenever he lands, then it might be time to
figure out how to put your cat on a diet.
How to get your kitty to slim down?
The simple answer is to limit the calories that your cat is
getting. A 10-pound indoor cat only needs around 200 calories
every day according to the Association for Pet Obesity
Here’s how you can get this done:
•Measure out the food. What you want to do is divide the
targeted caloric intake into 4 – 6 small meals.
•Keep the water bowl full.
•Leave out cat food only for a limited time.
•Avoid giving treats. If you must, however, give dry food as
•Do not share food with your cat. Not only is human food
fattening, it may give your cat diarrhea.
•Do not let your cat eat dog food.
It would also be beneficial to check with a vet so you can
set a clear and healthy weight goal for your pet cat.
The new diet must be implemented slowly. You don’t want your
cat to suddenly stop eating because the food is different. To
ensure you’re not overdoing it, keep in mind that your cat can
only lose a pound a month if you want him to stay healthy.
A slimmer cat isn’t only a happier cat. He’s also a
longer-lived one. So do your cat a favor and check if he’s
overweight. Then take steps to rectify the situation.