Does Your Cat Need to Be on a Diet?
Being overweight—even by two or three pounds—is a serious health matter for your cat. Obesity in cats is linked to diabetes, joint trouble, heart disease, liver disease, painful bladder blockages and skin conditions.
Ideally, you should be able to see your cat's waist—where the midsection tucks in between the rib cage and hips. And you should be able to identify your cat’s ribs by feel.
If your vet recommends a diet, be patient as your cat adjusts to new eating habits. More structured meal times, less food or a different kind of food may result in a temporary refusal to eat. If this occurs, simply remove the food and present it again later.
While on a diet, your cat should lose about one pound a month. Your veterinarian should monitor your cat’s progress and make adjustments if the weight loss is happening too quickly.
If your cat is diabetic, it's even more important for him or her to lose weight safely. Your veterinarian may recommend a low-carbohydrate, high-fiber dry cat food. Sometimes, a diabetic cat that loses weight will no longer require insulin injections. And weight loss may help prevent diabetes from developing.