Cats for adoption
Just like people, it’s normal for pets to gain weight over time, especially as we start to get comfortable in our relationship with them.
But extra weight on a small animal like a cat can lead to serious health problems and it’s essential that cat owners keep a check on their pet’s weight.
As a general guide, a domestic cat should weigh between 8 -10lbs (around 3.5 to 4.5 kilos). Some cats are stockier than others but if you can feel the ribs of your cat, it’s probably not overweight. But to be sure, have your cat weighed by a vet.
The same principles apply to cats as humans. They will lose weight if they eat less calories and exercise more.
Much will depend on the age and health of your cat, so always get advice from your vet. But if you cat is overweight you should:
Your vet may suggest a low calorie food, but you should never put your cat on a ‘crash diet’.
Once you know how much food your cat needs, stick to it. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your cat at a healthy weight. For cats, it’s hard to get the weight off once they get overweight.
If your cat goes outdoors, there is a danger that other people might feed it. To prevent this, you can put a ‘don’t feed me’ collar onto your cat, and speak to your near neighbours to explain that you cat is on a diet and they should not feed it.
This can depend on a variety of factors, for example, whether it is an indoor or outdoor animal. It is best to seek advice from your vet, who will determine your cat’s ideal weight and daily calorie count.
Cats are carnivores (meat eaters) which is the most important thing to keep in mind when considering what to feed your cat. They are inflexible when it comes to nutrition and need to eat a lot of meat for protein and for fat.
Cats are not like dogs, which can eat a variety of foods, including ‘leftovers’ and remain healthy.
There is a massive number of products on the market today, but basically there are two choices; dry or wet food.
It is not necessary to buy the most expensive food. Ignore labels such Gourmet and Premium, they mean nothing and are used as a marketing tool to make people think they are buying the best food for their pet.
Cats can be fussy. If they will not eat the food you put down, you need to find what they like. Often a diet of both wet and dry food is best and it brings variety. Dry food also helps to keep your cat’s teeth clean and prevent dental decay.
Cats for adoption
We rely on donations, even small amounts make a huge difference
You can donate from £1 up to £10 by replacing the £3 with the amount of your choice.
Another way to donate or raise money through fundraising.
Order much needed items from our wish list.