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Diet cat food, available from a wide variety of sources, can help your cat lose weight, improve his health, and extend his life. Diet cat food is available in dry, canned, and even semi-moist preparations, depending on the preferences of your cat. As with any kind of cat food, it is important to choose a diet cat food that is made from quality ingredients. Read the labels, research the foods, and work to ensure you are giving your cat the best nutrition possible.
Some popular diet cat food formulas feature either high fiber or high protein, depending on the needs of your cat. The high fiber variety is often used to treat overweight cats and improve problems such as constipation and large bowel disease. The high protein formula helps to limit calorie intake while maintaining lean body mass. Before starting your cat on diet cat food, talk to your veterinarian about which type of food may be best for him.
It is important to remember that simply feeding your kitty diet cat food may not help manage his weight problem. You need to look at his overall feeding, especially in terms of portion control and treats. Consult your vet or refer to the feeding guidelines on the diet cat food packaging to determine how much you should be feeding your cat, as well as how often he should eat. Often, feeding your cat smaller meals more frequently will have a more positive impact than simply reducing the portion size of a single feeding each day. If you find you have been overfeeding your cat by a great deal, it is usually best to slowly reduce the amount of food given during each feeding, rather than drastically cutting the amount of food your cat is accustomed to. Be sure to take a close look at what kinds of and how many treats your cat receives as well. Switching an overweight feline to diet cat food but continuing to give him many high-calorie treats each day can have little effect.
Diet cat food should also be used as part of an overall weight management program. In addition to switching foods, managing portions properly and restricting high-calorie treats, be sure your cat is getting plenty of exercise. this is especially important for indoors cats, whose idea of exercise may be moving from the couch to the chair as the sunlight travels across the living room.