Humans are not the only ones who need reminders about portion control. Our furry friends also need nutritional help and guidance to keep them in tip top condition. How can you prevent your cats from overeating?
Remove Auto Feeders
Auto feeders are a convenient feature to have on hand when you plan to go away for the weekend, as cats can get by on their own quite well for short periods of time provided they have sufficient food and water during your absence. But if you set out your auto feeder for everyday use, some cats will overeat and gorge themselves until they are physically sick. Get rid of the temptation for your cats to overeat by removing the auto feeder, so that food is not available 24/7 for your cats to gorge on.
Having set mealtimes in place is a good way to condition cats that have a tendency to overeat, to eat at certain times, rather than when they want to. Some cat owners condition their cats by feeding their cats once in the morning when they wake up and then again later in the evening, to help space out their meals. Choose times that work well for you and try to keep to these times, so that your cats can get used to their new feeding routine.
Limit Cat Treats
Cat treats are not a dietary supplement, but a treat for when cats have behaved well or performed a new trick. If you are trying to limit your cats’ food, you should also cut back on their cat treats and offer them sparingly, rather than each and every day.
Overweight cats can look cute and adorable, but it is no laughing matter when cats develop health problems due to their excess weight. If your cats have a tendency to overeat, you must take action to prevent their habits from ruining their health. Remove auto feeders so that they do not have constant access to food and have set mealtimes instead. Cat owners should also limit, or eliminate, cat treats. These tips can help to prevent your cats from overeating.