It’s easy to go into denial where pets are concerned – especially when they have been with us for a while. When they aren’t quite themselves, energy-wise, we make excuses – the heat, age, resting up for their new attack. When they throw up, we figure they either got into something or it’s just dinner bolted and revisited.
But one thing you really can’t deny is when your kitty is rotund….as in chubby, chunky, roly-poly, or just plain fat.
Obesity leads to disease: heart disease, diabetes, and kidney problems, to name a few. Cats who don’t get enough exercise or eat diets too high in calories and too low in digestible nutrients are the ones who suffer for their human’s mania for giving them “little treats.” I have seen “treated” kitties who are so round that they can hardly walk! They look somewhat like barrels with legs.
So what can you do? Our vet had a few suggestions for our diabetic cat – she was recently too thin, but now seems to be somewhat recovering, thank goodness. When she was young, however, she was quite chubby.
1. Play with your cat
2. Provide them with interesting, challenging alternative toys (chasing toys, climbing structures, catnip toys to wrestling with)
3. Give less treats and when you do, make it something more healthy than packaged snacks
Here are a few alternatives to processed treats for your 4-footed “child”. A couple of these recipes I have shared before, one is new. Please, for the sake of your cat’s health and well-being, go easy on the munchies and enjoy a long, healthy life with your best furry friend.
Even though your cat is a little chubby, some homemade treats may brighten his day.
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Serve in small amounts.
In a saucepan, heat the water to a boil. Add the liver and cook for 2 minutes. Drain off water and blend meat with the carrot and cottage cheese, mixing well. Cool until warm to the touch, and serve in small amounts.
Turkey Super Balls
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all ingredients. Roll mixture into little balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes or until the inside of the ball is not pink. Makes 36 treats.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine tuna, water and carrot. Add cornmeal, flour and catnip and mix well. Form a dough, knead and roll 1/4 inch thick. Cut into tempting shapes. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Makes 12 treats.