How can I get my cat to lose weight?
Topic: How can I get my cat to lose weight?
July 19, 2019 / By Lyndi Question:
She will be turning eleven, I think, in October. We got her when she was a kitten. Once she grew to be full sized, she also grew to be full bellied, so she has been fat for a long time. We used to feed her a can of wet food every day and either a cup or a cup and a half of dry food every day (I'm not sure--my mom feeds her). A few years ago, we realized this was bad for her and fed her wet food every two days and this weight-losing dry food every day. Now it's been about two or three years since we've given her any wet food at all and we still give her the weight-losing dry food. She's still the same size as she always was. She goes in the back yard every day (we don't have specific times for her or anything, she asks to go out). I have completely run out of ideas. Is it not possible anymore as she is getting old? Or is there something we can do?
Best Answers: How can I get my cat to lose weight?
Kaylin | 1 day ago
You have things very backwards Diet potato chips won't work. Proper food will and you will not have to limit amounts
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
An even bigger problem is that it IS dry and it dehydrates no matter how much your cat drinks
Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food. Cats are not naturally big drinkers.
95% of the moisture is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Think about it.
Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPRODUCTS
Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck in between.
Please read about cat nutrition.
Prescription diets It is extremely rare that they should be fed
The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with the people pushing it on
them with their own research showing how great their food is. Who is going to spend money or research for animals these
days. The food companies that is who. Their research is designed not to hurt their bottom line
Believe me a company researching their own products are in it for profit
Some vets are behind the times when it comes to nutrition
but more are reading and becoming up to date
Times change information changes over time as more is learned. Please do your research
. Notice grants for for this nutritional class in a vet school
Hills Science Plan, a pet-food brand owned by Colgate-Palmolive, boasts that: 'More vets feed Hills than any other pet food.'
Last year, Hills sponsored the British Veterinary Association's 2009 Congress (the biggest meeting on the veterinary calendar).
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Originally Answered: A list of foods and drinks that I can consume to lose lose weight and gain muscle?
According to several fitness pros, you should eat mostly carbs before workouts and mostly protein after.
Why? Carbs are used for energy. Protein is mostly used to repair your body's cells (example: to repair tissues that have been "broken down" from using weights.) Fats are used for several things: for satiety (keeping full longer), taste, and they help you to absorb certain vitamins. You will hear bodybuilders refer to these as "macro nutrients." It doesn't matter if you don't want to look like a body builder...it is only a matter of severity. You can just use their knowledge to get rid of your fat, not to bulk up. It takes a lot of effort to get "bulky" anyway.
So, how much do you need? Depends who you ask. Someone will always disagree with someone else on this, so that's why you need to search and also see what works best for you. I haven't found the "magic number" yet, but I do my best workouts (and feel my best) if I have COMPLEX carbs (not white flours or sugars, which are processed) 1-4 hours before. You should think about foods in "servings." If you eat 1-2 servings of carbs and 0.5-1 servings of protein (and vegetables too) before a workout that will probably do you good. Sometimes, simple sugars will sustain you (example: orange juice) before, but if you are working at a high intensity (which is often required to lose fat), you need to eat complex carbs, which will stay in your system longer. But they also need to be eaten at least an hour before so your body can have a head start at breaking them down before you work out. Remember, when you are exercising, your body uses the majority of your blood to work your heart and transfer oxygen and broken down carbs (glucose, aka energy) to muscles. When you're done exercising, your body goes back to metabolising your food. So be careful not to eat or drink too much, just a little to give you a little omph (energy!)
After your work out, you should have fast release protein with a fast release carb (simple carb). The best proteins are protein (isolate) powders or egg whites and the best carbs are simple carbs such as a cup of juice or chocolate milk. It is also a good idea to do this first thing in the morning after your body has been fasting (sleeping), but you can eat a few more carbs and add fat as well if you like.
To answer the first part of your question, Body-for-LIFE suggests you eat 6 small meals a day. These meals should include one serving of lean protein and one serving of complex carbohydrates. You should eat at least 3 servings of vegetables (I think 5+ would be better) and 1 serving of fat (omega 3's) such as 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter or flaxseed oil or 1 serving of salmon. It doesn't matter your gender because 1 serving is the size of the palm of your hand. Also, take a multivitamin and drink lots of water (2-4 liters per day). I'm only suggesting BFL as a guideline...the people who follow the program have amazing results! The program seems fairly balanced and healthy also.
The more you know the science, the better you can play around with your diet and lose weight easier by working with your body chemistry rather than working against and feeling defeated. You can do it!!!
Getting weight off a tubby cat is always a challenge. There is a low carb cat diet, get it from your vet, which helps and changing to a higher protien cat food with no cereal grains may help too. I use one called Wellness Core, it also comes in cans but since she is happy eating dry I would stick with it. You will probably have to feed her only a measured amount per day and it will take many months to see much result. Try to play with her actively when she is in the house to give her a little extra exercise. Luck.
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Unfortunately most of the dry weight-loss foods are still packed with carbohydrates, which is actually what is contriubting to your cat being overweight. What you want to focus on is eliminating carbs from the diet. You could do that with grain-free dry food, but dr food is not ideal for cats due to lack of moisture (more on that later). The better option would be grain free wet food. It's not the wet food what was making your cat fat, it was the grain (carbohydrate).
Here's a great link on feline obesity and diet: http://www.catnutrition.org/obesity.php
It will help you manage the weight in a healthy way.
I wouldn‘t recommend feeding any dry food. Cats are designed to get their water from food. That's the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive. When fed dry, they won't drink enough to compensate for the lack of moisture. They will only consume about 50% of the water they should be having. This can lead to kidney disease, UTI, crystals, blockage, renal failure and more.
Free feeding also contributes to obesity. And the fact that dry food is over-processed means, that most of it’s little nutrition has been already destroyed, leaving almost no nutrients for your cat. It needs to eat more to meet it’s needs, and in the process consumes more calories from the fillers.
Btw wetting the dry food will not help. There’s bacteria on the kibble and the water would just allow it to grow.
The only way to give the cat it's natural hydration is to feed it wet food only.
But some wet foods are not of a very high quality, either. That goes for most commercial foods. Just like the dry, they are often made with cheap fillers such as corn, wheat, soy, rice etc. These are not a part of cat's natural diet (it’s an obligate carnivore – it eats meat) and they are not designed to digest it. Grain is carbohydrate which the cats can't process and it turns into blood sugar and fat, causing diabetes and obesity. In the wild, where cats only hunt for meat, diabetes and obesity are unheard of. It's us who cause these by feeding a species inappropriate food.
We usually read labels on our food, but rarely on the food for our cats. Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The healthiest food to feed apart from raw feeding is grain-free wet food with no by-product. Some good brands are Wellness CORE, EVO, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and more. These will give your cat the proper hydration and nutrition it's designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.
If you switch it's diet, do it gradually, by mixing the current food with the new one over couple of weeks until there's only the new. This will prevent diarrhea and upset stomach.
You will probably get a lot of different answers, so google feline nutrition or look at the links below, and do the research for yourself. I personally wasn't able to find one reliable source (besides the pet food industry) that would say grain is beneficial for cats or that dry is beneficial for them.
More on cat nutrition below,
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Obviously, feeding your cat 1 to 1 1/2 cups of dry food daily is far too much. Check the feeding guide that is on your bag of food. Look for the amount to feed a cat that is a couple of pounds lighter than what your cat weighs. Feed her that amount. Also, canned foods contain less calories than dry food, so try substituting one meal with canned only to reduce her calorie intake. Try splitting her dry food into several small portions, put them in several bowls, and distribute them around the house so she has to "hunt" for them. This will increase her activity level and satisfy her hunting instincts.
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my cat (3 1/2 years now) got fat because a common senseless friend gave her a whole bowl every day for 2 weeks (she has a BIG bowl). What i did was give her 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of food in the morning and same at night, after a while you will see her starting to save food. dump that back into the bag o food and dont give them that little extra. now, I also give meena (my kitty) a wet food can every other week. Dont give the wet and dry food to your kitty at the same time. also, hide bits of her food in different places so she has to find it. Good luck with Miss tubtubs (not for long i hope)
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Originally Answered: What's a great way to lose stomach fat fast? Or simply lose weight quickly?
jogging is an excellent exercise because it let you lose weight
evenly throughout your whole body. If you want to lose weight in
specific areas, you should target them with exercises. If they are
your problem areas, they will be very difficult to tone. You will have
to work double on them. The best approach is this:
1. Lower/control your daily calorie intake (control for normal
weight, lower for overweight).
2. Run/jog to lower your overall body fat percentage.
3. Target your problem areas with exercises.
an excellent exercise, you can do it in front of your TV: sit on a
stool, and put your toes under something (piece of heavy furniture,
for example). In your hands hold a little dumbbell. Please, make sure
that it is not very heavy, start with one kilo, for example, or you
will damage your back and spine! Slowly move the upper part of your
body back, until it's parallel with the ground. Stop for a second and
move it back to the sitting position. Repeat ten times. Every week add
to the number of repetitions. You will see the results in a week,
guaranteed! You will see or feel under the fat - if you have any - six
pack and muscles. Dumbbells do wonders. Much better than these
crunches - I came up to three hundreds and there was no results AT
ALL. With the dumbbells you will see it in a week.