I just came accross this article on obesity in our feline pets; It seems too common, these days( just likew/our.kids & ourselves. The amounts to feed & other details /tips should hold true for canine pets too ; also often obese.
These tips should help w/ them too!!!
· Has Mr Snuggles been packing on the pounds? Are you worried that your cat could be the next contestant on The Biggest Loser? If so, your kitty might be one of the estimated 58% of cats that are overweight or obese in the United States. While it might seem like a harmless problem at first, in reality it’s not. Obesity puts cats at risk for many diseases and other health concerns Health risks
BTW dogs & puppies have simiar weight issues ; check w/your vet for specifics to help out
Your little fatty doesn't seem sick. Why should you be concerned? It's just more to love, right? Wrong. Extra weight puts cats at risk for many serious health problems. Diabetes mellitus, arthritis, heart and respiratory disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, skin problems, some forms of cancer and a shorter life span are just some of the risk factors that come with feline obesity. But how do you know if your cat is overweight?Ideal feline body weight , by breed
Ideal body weight
· Domestic cat: 8-10 lbs.· Persian: 7-12 lbs.
· Siamese: 5-10 lbs · Maine Coon: 10-25 lbs
HOW MUCH TO FEED/When calculating how much to feed your cat, it's also important to use her ideal body weight as the metric, not her actual weight. For example, www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/bio/dr-lee" rel="nofollow">Dr Justine Lee, veterinary specialist and author of It's a Dog's Life... but It's Your Carpet and It's a Cat's World... You Just Live in It, found that most people think that because their cat currently weighs 12 pounds, they should feed her according to the directions for a 12 pound cat. ***** I n actuality, their cat should weigh 8 pounds and they should be feeding for an 8 pound cat, regardless of the animal's current weight.To sum up, the rules of feeding your cat are to know her ideal weight, calculate how many calories a day she should be eating, and measure before you put out her food. Good luck getting your kitty to a healthy weight. And remember, a veterinarian is always a good first stop before you take the plunge into restructuring any pet's daily diet.