How to Help Manage Your Cat’s Weight with Food
Follow these tips to help keep your cat at a healthy weight:
Reduce the Amount You Feed Your Cat
First, cut down gradually on bad habits, such as filling your cat’s bowl to the top. Instead, follow the feeding guides on the package of a natural adult cat food. These guidelines are targeted to keep your cat’s body in ideal condition. Measure the recommended amount for the day, and feed in several small meals. Cats naturally eat frequent, small meals, but it’s good to ration food so they don’t eat all of their small meals at once.
Feed Wet Food
Research has shown that wet food can be beneficial for weight management in cats. Higher moisture content was shown to decrease food intake, increase activity and decrease weight gain when the same amount of calories was eaten. If you are doing mixed feeding, at least 25% of the calories (or about one-third of the volume) should come from wet food.