It has been a battle but since January of this year my cat has lost approx. 3 lbs. He started around 15 lbs and now is around 12 lbs. It’s harder to actually start your cat on a diet to lose weight, rather than preventing the weight gain to begin with, so I’m quite pleased. I think the reason for this is because you have already established a feeding pattern and the type of food with your cat. To revamp this and stick with it, I think, is more difficult then preventing an already normal cat from getting fat.
Anyways,to help out others with this problem here are some tips and tricks that have helped me:
First and foremost, be committed. If you are not, then all of this will go for not.
The food should be switched to a low-fat, low-carb, and normal-protein food. It’s always best to consult with the vet before switching foods for a long term diet. I did. There is this informative article on Shared that should be very interesting for you to learn some facts about the good and bad food for your cat.
Exercise your cat about 10 mins a day. Not a lot of time out of your schedule. My cat is easily amused so I just have to pull string around and he is excited. Don’t overwork the cat, however. Older, fatter cats cannot get around like they used to.
Feed your cat separate from others. If you have other pets around, you don’t want them switching dishes and eat each other’s food.
No more treats! My cat loved treats but that luxury is gone now. I have substituted these treats for cat nip and I think my cat likes the nip better.
Small portions throughout the day is better than a big meal in the morning, then one at night. I have found this to be better at controlling any sort of hunger issues that may arise. If you feed a big meal in the morning, then the cat is hungry around 3pm, you are burning through more food and going above the daily feeding level. Small portions throughout the day eliminates this.
Do not push your cat. If you cat loses too much weight too fast, that is not good. It is unhealthy. You will see results over time. Look at my example, 3 lbs in 6 months. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I can totally see the difference.