Placing Kitty on a Diet

Kara scored a basket.

Humans don’t like dieting, why should cats be different? But obesity in senior cats can lead to life-threatening conditions. The tough part is that weight gain will usually creep up as cats get older and less active. At one point, my Bubba tipped the scales at 24 pounds before he was with diagnosed with diabetes.

Extra poundage can also increase your cat’s risk of heart disease and arthritis.

Diabetes meant changing the menu at Casa Cats — and not everyone was happy about it. A few times Bubba looked up at his food dish as if to say, “Can we get some real chow in there?” guide Franny Syufy recently listed her picks for the best “diet” cat food.

Innova Reduced Fat Cat Food

Natural Balance Reduced Calorie Dry Cat Food

Wellness Super5Mix Lite Formula for Cats

Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul Lite

Drs.Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Lite

Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Weight Management

I mention these products without endorsing any of them. Remember to take your cat’s health into consideration and consult with a vet before making a major dietary change. It is worth noting that several lite foods are low-fat, high-fiber and can contain less protein.

For those of us on a budget, your vet can also recommend acceptable alternatives that are available in a supermarket. Example: when Bubba was diagnosed with diabetes, my vet listed some varieties of Fancy Feast that would be good for him.


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