Did you have your cat spayed or neutered? Not only may this be required by law (in Belgium), it will give your feline fur baby and yourself peace of mind. After that, a challenge awaits: keeping your cat in shape. Because once neutered or spayed, cats are much more likely to gain weight. Why does cat weight gain happen, and what can you do about it so they don’t become overweight?
After spaying or neutering, cats are three times more likely to become obese, because they need 10 to 20% less energy, but their appetite increases. This is a real problem: as many as 60% of pets are overweight. Your cat also moves and drinks less, which increases the risk of diabetes and bladder stones. How do you avoid all these problems?
Start with the right diet against cat weight gainFor starters, once sterilized or spayed, it's important to give your cat special, lower calorie food. Like the crunchy kibble from Lara Adult Sterilized, which help keep cats' weight balanced. It contains less fat and more plant fiber, so your cat becomes fuller faster without packing on the pounds.
Follow these tips for keeping cats in top condition
- Play with your cat every day, even if you only have fifteen minutes to spare. Not only will you have fun together, this extra exercise also benefits the health and fitness of your tiny tiger.
- Put Lara Adult Sterilized Chunks in a food dispensing exercise ball, puzzle ball or cat toy to let your cat enjoy and exercise even more, with the added benefit of keeping cat weight gain at bay.
- Always provide fresh drinking water and preferably in different places. That will pique your cat’s interest and encourage it to drink more often.