Is it normal for cats to gain weight as they age?

Is it normal for cats to gain weight as they age?

As with people, cats slow down as they age. They may want to take less exercise, they may start to put on weight and their personality may change.

What happens if your cat loses a lot of weight?

To avoid developing obesity-related problems and illnesses, like diabetes, your cat needs to lose weight but must do so safely. A cat that loses weight too rapidly can develop a condition known as hepatic lipidosis, a potentially fatal condition that may result in liver failure.

Why does my cat gain so much weight?

So too little water may be another direct reason a cat lays on fat. Yes, I agree with StefanZ that dry food is full of empty carbs (but lots of calories) that cats can’t utilize. So they eat more to get the nutrients they need, leading to weight gain and obesity.

What should I Feed my Cat to help him lose weight?

So they eat more to get the nutrients they need, leading to weight gain and obesity. If you want your kitty to lose weight you need to feed a high animal protein/low carb wet food only. Raw would be even better. Check out mschauer’s thread on Mickey’s weight loss.

Can a cat gain weight on dry food?

Yes, I agree with StefanZ that dry food is full of empty carbs (but lots of calories) that cats can’t utilize. So they eat more to get the nutrients they need, leading to weight gain and obesity. If you want your kitty to lose weight you need to feed a high animal protein/low carb wet food only. Raw would be even better.

Why does my cat lose so much weight?

In many cases, cats lose weight when they are not eating enough. However, some diseases cause weight loss despite adequate food intake. Depending on the cause, weight loss may or may not accompany other signs of illness. Many health problems can cause weight loss in cats, some more serious than others.

When to take your cat to the vet for weight loss?

A problem that many cat owners don’t always consider, though, is their feline friend rapidly losing weight. Sudden, unintentional weight loss in cats is usually indicative of a larger problem that requires the assistance of a cat vet in Alexandria, VA to diagnose.

How much weight can a 10 pound cat lose?

But a pound weight loss in a 10 pound cat is loss of 10% of the cat’s body weight. That is significant. Too often, I have seen cats brought in for an examination only after they look like the cat to the left and this is MUCH too late! Unfortunately, when you look at your cat, you may not notice early weight loss.

How to get a skinny old cat to gain weight?

Start with finding a high-calorie, nutrient dense food. Most cat foods aren’t going to proclaim they will help cats gain weight because more often cats are overweight, and cat food producers more often market foods to those on a cat weight loss program.