Pet obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. In fact, a 2018 survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found nearly 60 percent of U.S. cats are estimated to be overweight or obese, making excessive weight the leading health issue of cats.
“Being overweight or obese is a serious problem that puts cats at greater risk for diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, chronic skin conditions, lower urinary tract disease and even a shortened life span,”1 says Dr. Alex Bradley, DVM, of Hamby Road Animal Hospital. “Even an extra two pounds more than what’s ideal for a particular cat can be bad for his health and quality of life.”
Like people, cats become overweight when they consistently eat more calories than their body uses. Lack of activity, an indoor lifestyle and high-fat foods also contribute to cat obesity. The unfortunate reality is cats are typically overfed — after all, many pet parents show their affection by giving plenty of food and treats. So while food is at the heart of an overweight cat’s problem, it also must be part of the solution.
Diamond CARE: A specialized diet designed with cats and price in mind
As part of a weight management program, your veterinarian may recommend feeding a diet specifically formulated to help your cat reach a healthy weight. That’s because weight management diets are designed to provide all of the nutrients a cat needs while reducing the amount of calories consumed. Certainly, if you’re concerned about your cat’s weight, you should discuss it, along with the type and amount of food you’re currently feeding, with your veterinarian.
Diamond CARE is a line of specialized diets that are high in quality and palatability but without the high price. All Diamond CARE formulas provide complete nutrition, so you can feed your cat the special diet they need for as long as they need it.
Diamond CARE Weight Management Formula for Adult Cats is an option that can help address your feline friend’s weight issues. This food contains increased fiber to help cats feel full, less fat for fewer calories and L-Carnitine to help metabolize fat. To ensure cats receive all the nutrients they need, the formula also includes real chicken as the first ingredient, omega fatty acids, guaranteed levels of antioxidants and probiotics to support digestive health. You can learn more about Diamond CARE Weight Management Formula for Adult Cats by visiting the product information page.
A feeding guide can be found right on the bag that can be used as a starting point for how much to feed your cat for weight loss versus weight management. You’ll also want to consult with your veterinarian about how much food you should be feeding your cat. Then, using a measuring cup, give only and exactly that amount of food daily. Measuring your cat’s food is critical to helping your cat lose weight because cats can maintain and even gain weight on a weight management food if they eat too much of it.
There’s no good reason why so many U.S. cats are overweight or obese. The correct amount of an appropriate, specialized diet as part of a weight management program can help overweight and obese cats return to a more normal weight.
Stay tuned for more information and tips on how to help your cat achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
1. Laflamme DP. Understanding and managing obesity in dogs and cats. Vet Clin Small Anim 2006;36: 1283–1295.