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    Overweight Cats: Diets and Associated Health Risks

    WebMD discusses health problems common in overweight cats, and offers tips on helping your cat to trim up.

    Should you give your cat supplements like vitamins and minerals?

    In a word, no. A good cat food contains all the vitamins and minerals your cat needs. Do not use supplements unless directed to do so by your veterinarian.

    What if the diet doesn’t work?

    If the diet isn’t working, your cat is probably still eating too much. Retaining weight is usually not related to medical problems, Hoskins says. “No disease is contributory to obesity” in cats.

    Wakshlag adds that endocrine disorders like diabetes and hyperthyroidism don’t cause obesity in cats.

    Getting your cat to move

    Motivating Nibs to move for reasons other than food is one of a cat caretaker’s bigger challenges, especially if the cat doesn’t venture outdoors. But veterinarians agree that laser pointers, which emit a pinpoint of light that intrigues cats and often gets them off the couch, are good for owners who don’t want to move much themselves.

    Other interactive toys, like sticks with feathers at the end and balls, are fine, too. Climbing apparatus and scratching posts may also interest your cat, as will empty boxes.

    Hoskins says that cat owners should encourage physical activity from the start, when your cat is still a kitten. He tells WebMD, “One of the problems in reversing obesity is that you can change their diet, but it’s hard to do anything with their activity.”

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