How Do I Help My Cat Lose Weight?
Are you wondering, How do I help my cat or dog lose weight? There are a number of reasons a cat or dog can be overweight including medical, diet and hormonal as well as metabolic. Common reasons for this include simple overfeeding as well as a slowing of the metabolism due to being spayed, neutered or aging. If you want a great, diet cat food with real ingredients, here is my recommendation. For now I would like to focus on metabolism itself. It is possible to achieve natural weight loss for cats and dogs if metabolism is improved, and I have found a wonderful supplement that does that.
Supplement for Cat and Dog Metabolism
Regardless of the food that is put into the body, if the metabolism is not functioning properly the nutrition in that food is not able to be fully utilized. When this happens, you or your pet can feel hungry even if you are eating enough for a normal human or pet. This encourages overeating since the body is hungry for nutrients it isn’t getting. This is a vicious cycle that results in too much food being consumed, not enough nutrients being absorbed, and resulting fatigue and tiredness. This can lead to less interest in movement and exercise and the cycle continues.
Effects of Spaying and Neutering on Metabolism
Spaying and neutering a dog or cat changes the balance of hormones and this in turn often slows down the metabolism. While spaying and neutering are a good practice and I am not suggesting otherwise, it is important to understand the affects this will have on your pet. Many veterinarians recommend feeding your pet less food to combat weight gain. This can work, but in many cases there is an underlying condition causing the problem that is bigger than simply amount of food. You can see this when you have multiple pets that eat the same amount of food and one is fat while the others are healthy. Obviously there is another reason that individual is overweight. So how can you help your pet lose weight? While diet foods are popular now, I like to find a food that is natural, grain-free, full of real ingredients, without fillers etc. But that is a whole different topic.
How Do You Fix It?
How do you combat a slow metabolism? I found a great supplement for metabolism that helps my tubby kitty lose weight! It can be used for cats and dogs. It is from the PetAlive brand which I love. It is called SlenderPet. It helps my cat lose weight and also gives her energy. She is like a young thing again, full of spunk, getting into everything, checking things out and talking to me. This is quite a change from her normal sleeping on the bed ALL day and night!
Recently, I took two of my cats to the vet and they both lost weight! They are also on a great food by the Solid Gold brand which has also works for Tigger’s sensitive stomach. With the Slender Pet and being careful not to feed them too much, Tigger had lost a pound! That is a lot for a cat.
I tried the PetAlive brand product called Energy Tonic and it helps, but honestly the SlenderPet is better. It helps with weight and energy better than Energy Tonic. You can get PetAlive products from Amazon.
SlenderPet helps increase metabolism, eliminate fat from the body and aids the liver. It also helps support thyroid function and processing toxins out of the body. Like all PetAlive products, it is all-natural, made from organic ingredients with no preservatives.
Milk Thistle (Sylibum marianus) for liver support The active ingredient Silymarin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is used for human liver support and is thought to help manage cholesterol and control diabetes.
Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosis) for thyroid support. Bladderwrack contains iodine important for thyroid function as well as other minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) for liver support, fat processing, antioxidants and weight control.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) for liver and gall bladder health. Dandelion contains many vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, C, D and minerals such as zinc, manganese, iron and magnesium as well as lecithin and more.
These come in capsules but it is easy to twist them apart and pour the powder into the pet’s food. I mix it into wet cat food and the cats don’t mind.
So if you are wondering, How do I help my cat lose weight?, maybe try SlenderPet. If you are wondering how to help your dog lose weight, the same bottle can work for both! It is a much cheaper alternative to expensive prescription or veterinarian brand foods and honestly I think it works better. It is great to see your pet healthier with such an easy solution. Natural weight loss for cats and dogs is possible without side effects or starvation diets. You will still have to feed a reasonable amount of food. If unlimited food is available, some cats and dogs will overeat and a healthy supplement will not be enough.
Another great way to help control overeating and therefore control weight is to use a puzzle feeder. This way cats have to get a smaller amount of food out at a time and cannot simply put their face in the bowl and scarf the food down. Here is my review of two unique styles of puzzle feeders I have tried. Cat Food Puzzle Feeders.
If you have questions or thoughts please feel free to leave a comment below. Also, if you have a weight loss tip or product, let me know!
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