If your cat is young and healthy, you want to make sure he stays that way by proper feeding and keeping his muscles toned and exercised. Even if he never has to fetch his own dinner, he needs his muscles to function well for his overall good health.
Your veterinarian will give you an idea whether your cat is overweight. Owners often have a jaded eye when it comes to the weight of their pet. What owners think is the correct weight and what the veterinary guidelines for healthy weight are, are often not the same thing.
An important study last year reported that more than half of all cats in the United States are considered obese! Feeding methods and amounts are often to blame. Counteract this trend by feeding your cat two or three times a day in small amounts rather than permitting access to food at all times.
Lack of exercise is the second factor contributing to your cat’s weight and possibly impending medical problems. Between feedings, set aside a regular playtime schedule for your cat. This exercise will not only benefit your cat — most often you will benefit too.
Check out this handy infographic from Pets Adviser illustrating 10 ways to keep your cat in great shape with exercise.
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