The cat obesity epidemic: how to feed a cat part 1

Cat wee problemThe way you feed your cat may be causing their weight issue as well as impacting their mental and physical health. Just as with people feline obesity is often linked with overeating and underexercising. Cutting back on calories isn’t an easy answer, its an exercised centred approach that is frequently met with the greatest success. Easier said than done? How do you get a cat to exercise?

A question of how to feed NOT what to feed

Copious research into the nutrition needs of cats has resulted in quality diets for all ages and development stages. However, until now there has been little learnt on meeting cats natural feeding behaviours.  Meeting these needs is vital to managing the feeding process and to improve both quality of life and ability to cope with the lifestyle demands we choose for our feline friends.

Never fear, strategies are here! The American Association of Feline Practitioners are filling in the gap with their consensus statement, ‘Feline Feeding Programs: addressing behavioural needs to improve feline health and wellbeing’. This very welcome resource explores behavioural and physical problems resulting from current feeding programs and better still details how you should be feeding your cat.

What is normal?

Cats are of course meat eaters with a super-predatory sense. Given choice, they will hunt and eat solo.

Modern-day cat?

More and more cats are living a life entirely within the confines of the house, the indoor cat movement. While this saves the wildlife and vet bills from cat fights it has a cost associated with it for your cat. A solely indoor lifestyle prevents hunting, reducing a cat’s important daily tasks to nil. Chronic unemployment…….how does that make you feel?

What’s the issue?

The problem with food bowl feeding:


For feeding-solutions don’t miss out on ‘How to feed a cat part 2 – solutions

For Further Reading:

The cat obesity epidemic: how to feed a cat part 2

Cat Pee – A Wee Problem

Journal Reference:

  1. Tammy Sadek, Beth Hamper, Debra Horwitz, Ilona Rodan, Elizabeth Rowe, Eliza Sundahl. Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing behavioral needs to improve feline health and wellbeingJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 2018; 20 (11): 1049 DOI: 10.1177/1098612X18791877

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