I see a fair number of cats in my daily practice. I have noticed the number of large cats is, ummmm, growing.
More kitties live indoors these days. Benefits–yes, of course. No cars to contend with, no packs of dogs to outrun (hopefully outrun, that is), and fewer catfights.
The downside of living this life, however, is the expanding waistline. It’s not easy to get as much exercise when your human parents are at work all day. Kitty gets bored. Kitty goes to look for excitement. Kitty sees food dish. Kitty finds something to do!
What’s the owner of a pudgy puddy to do?
The latest research shows benefit to a high protein, moderate fat, low carb diet. Cats are obligate carnivores. We refer to this as the “catkins” diet. There are foods that fit this bill, just ask your veterinarian which one he or she might recommend.
Increasing exercise is also important. But how do you get kitty to do the equivalent of your 3 miles on the treadmill???
Besides the obvious toys like laser pointers and the cat toys with the feathers on the end of the “fishing pole” toy, I heard about a great idea at a conference.
There are plastic balls that you can open up, pour a little cat food into, and twist closed. These balls have holes in them to allow food to trickle out IF THE CAT PLAYS WITH IT. Great idea, eh?
Surf the net. I found 2 varieties on amazon just by doing a search for cat food dispensing toy. And let the good times roll!