What Are The Risks Of Overfeeding Your Cat?

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More and more cats are becoming obese due to overfeeding.

Veterinarians are seeing a big increase in feline obesity with approximately 50% of cats seen for yearly exams, being diagnosed as overweight or obese.

It may seem like an act of love to want to spoil your cat with extra food or feedings but there are many reasons not to over indulge your cat with too much food. Not only is it unhealthy for your cat but it can cost you a lot more money in food and make life, well, miserable for your kitty.

The most common problems from overfeeding cats include:

 

Health problems

Obese cats can suffer from many of the same ailments that humans do when they become obese. If your cat gains too much weight, your cat is at risk of developing any one of these health issues, just to name a few.

  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Dental issues
  • Joint or tendon problems
  • Liver disease
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Unhappy feline

Your cat has a lot of living to do but if he’s overweight, those little habits and quirks that make your cat a cat, will come to a halt and you will start to notice an unhappy kitty.

Part of being a cat is being able to run, jump and play. Lugging extra weight around means your feline will have to slow down and will no longer be able to play as freely, jump up on his favorite spots around the house, or even be able to clean himself properly.

They may not seem like a big issue to a human, but for a cat, altering their natural habits by allowing him to gain too much weight can mean the difference between a loving, affectionate cat, and a grumpy, possibly aggressive cat.

Obese cats are not only unhealthy, but they are irritable and unhappy as well.

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Financial burden

Feeding your pet is an expense you incur when you decide to own a pet and it can be costly.

But if you overfeed your cat with more food and extra treats on a daily basis, then you are unnecessarily increasing your pet food expenses.

It is better to spend your money on a well-balanced, more nutritious diet for your cat than to spend more on extra food and snacks that is only going to harm your feline and drain your wallet. Of course, if you aren’t able to afford a variety that is more suitable, take a look at this website to learn more about preparing food at home for your cat: CatInfo.org

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Hard habit to break

Training your cat to have good behavior includes good feeding behavior. When you overfeed your cat and do not set a strict feeding schedule from the get-go, your feline will have expectations for food that will soon become hard to handle.

He may exhibit annoying behaviors to get food, such as continual meowing until you feed him. You may notice your cat getting into things he shouldn’t, in search of food.

If you try to suddenly change your feline to a strict feeding schedule, your cat may become more aggressive out of agitation for not being fed when he expects. Once you’ve set the standard for overfeeding it can be a hard habit to break.

Tips that Might Work For You to Reduce Overfeeding:

  • Grab a portion cup that is half the usual portion size and use it consistently to scoop out cat food.
  • A typical feeding schedule in some homes: Feed the cat once in the morning, mid day and in the evening.
  • When your cat begs and looks at you expectantly standing near the cat food bag/receptacle, resist the urge to give in to the begging: Stick to the 3 feedings per day schedule.
  • If you can’t portion out meals and must pour a single-portion for the whole day while you’re away at work, consider getting an electronic feeder. Or you may leave out a little less food in the bowl, using a portion cup to set a “standard” for each day.

You should talk to your veterinarian to get the best solutions for setting a new feeding schedule in order to keep your kitty as happy and comfortable as possible while learning his new eating habits.

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Type of Food

More often than not, pet owners purchase low cost crunchy kibble at the grocery store without a second thought. But research has shown that the dry cat food from pet stores isn’t necessarily the most healthy for cats.

In fact, it could be causing all kinds of health ailments. That’s why some pet owners have begun purchasing raw cat food and varieties of food that are more natural to cats. Since these foods are considered premium, coupons for cat food may be one way to make the switch to wet food.

 

Conclusion

Although overfeeding a cat is a habit that can be hard to break at first for both the pet owner and the cat, just starting today will be a good step in the right direction. Grab a portion cup and use it consistently at regular feedings.

Your cat will be healthier if they eat a little less. Also, making sure your cat eats better food – more natural and without added preservatives – will also have health benefits. Keep that in mind.

While we can’t tell you which type of cat food to prepare for your cat, it’s good to be informed about dry cat food – and that there are better options for your cat’s health.

With a strictly portioned meals, and healthier food, we hope your cat will be able to lose some weight.

If you have tips to share please comment below!

 

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