Quick Tips: Fat and the Single Cat

Special foods can help cats lose weight. Your veterinarian can help you choose the right diet for your cat.

catIt is common for cats to gain weight after they are spayed or neutered. However, if your cat is still young, say less than 2 or 3 years old, it should still be quite playful. If your cat is sluggish or doesn’t play like it used to, take it to your veterinarian for a checkup. While serious health problems are unlikely, the possibility should be ruled out.

If everything is all right, then a different diet is probably in order. Gradually switch your cat to a formula designed for less active or overweight cats. Diets for less-active cats generally have somewhere between 10 and 14 percent fat, while weight-reducing diets may be less than 10 percent fat. In addition to providing a clean bill of health, your veterinarian can also recommend the appropriate diet to feed your cat.

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