my cat is overweight and I'd like to know the best way to help him lose some weight. everyone says just put his food out twice a day for an hour, is this good advice?Should I stop feeding him wet food?I give them both (2 cats, both boys/brothers 2 1/2 years old) some dry food and some wet food twice a day
Type of Animal: Cat
Age: 2.5 years
Name of Cat: roscoe
Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian, and I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.
My usual suggestions for managing weight in overweight cats:
Feed in meals only, once or twice a day -- do not leave food down all day for "grazing".
Feed high-protein low-carbohydrate canned food.
No dry food at all if possible.
I am strongly opposed to the feeding of dry food to cats, as it's much too high in carbohydrates for efficient nutrition in a strict carnivore like cats.
Dry food exists for owners' convenience and cost savings, not because it's better for cats.
That's the exact opposite that I've ever heard from any vet. . . they all seem to say that the wet food is what makes cat's overweight
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