Not only human being, cats may also get overweight. So what causes it?
1. Food ingredients
One thing that determines the weight of the cat is through the food they consume. The nutritional value of the food is very important to make your pet grows healthy. Dry food is well known as the best diet treatment for cats. Unfortunately, dry food consists with un-natural foods source. Eventhough the producers have put the belief that the corn and grain consisted in the dry food is important for cat’s diet.
In fact, consuming too much dry food will bring bad effects to their health. One of the biggest killers in cats is lack of water that leads to kidney disease. Dry food have maximum of 10% water content meanwhile a cat’s prey consist of 75% water and similar amount for canned and raw foods. Thus, consuming canned or raw foods are important to maintain the health of cats. Other factors that must be fulfilled to maintain a healthy cat are mineral, vitamin and high level protein.
For example, the amino acid ‘taurine’ that plays a fundamental part of a cat’s diet which can only be found in meat products. Many cat owners put high concentrate to feed the cat with a high protein and moisture diets with low carbohydrate but neglect to give the cats with enough taurine or vitamin B. by giving another option for taurine or vitamin can become another solution to stop the cat becoming addicted to only 1 food type.
Other habits that cat owner’s do in feeding their cat is by giving them a high energy food. This product is basically good for cats which have high energy levels, but it may be bad for the cats that have less activity. Since eating canned or raw foods is the best recommend for obese cat, thus a rule for feeding time is another thing that cat owners must do. The 2 to 4 times per day is good to give more control of food.
Many treatment methods that owner cat can do to maintain a healthy cat, such as regularly brushing the cat’s teeth, playing around with small toy, and put a proper treat for eating.
3. Higher risk cats
There are several conditions that cause your cat overweight except foods and treatment.
First is neutered or spayed cat. To be highlighted, that the act of neutered or spayed to your cat do not make your cat overweight, but on how you care for them afterwards is.
Second, some breeds cats are better at maintaining their body at a good condition.
Third, age is another point that could affect the weight. It most likely for cat from approximately 2 to 12 years of age becomes overweight. It is because younger cat tends to have higher energy than the older ones that often eat lesser.
The four factor is indoor cat. This type of cat tends to have less activity and exercise. The cat can also gets bored by playing repetitive similar toys at home. Another factor is social environment. A cat which lives with many people under the same house will likely to gain weights since there is lack of control for them to be given foods by each member of the house.
The fifth condition is disabilities factor. Most disabilities cat tend to be given a over protected care by his owner. Thus most of them just stay at indoors and receive an excuse for more treats with less exercise.
Last but not least, having a neighbor who feed our cat is sometimes good. But it can also be a warning for the cat owner to put control for its weight. Thus telling the neighbor that your cat has special dietary needs is good to make your neighbors aware of this and does not give a wrong judgment for feeding your cat with wrong food.