Veterinary Medicine

Question: My cat is getting too fat. How can I get him to lose weight?

Answer: There are two ways to lose weight — less calories and increase exercise. A combination works best. Get a measuring cup from your vet and figure out exactly how many calories to feed. About 132 cal. per day for a 4 lb. cat and 439 cal. for a 20 lb. cat. Give half twice daily. There are low calorie foods that allow them to eat more. To increase exercise, you have to be creative. Carry him up or down stairs so he has to run back. Try laser lights or feather toys. Get a harness and take him for walks. Short 5 minute sessions are good. Use low calorie treats like cantaloupe.

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