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Weight Control: Weight Management Cat Food Information

Cat obesity is a serious and widespread health issue with close to one in three cats being overweight or obese. Extra weight can lead to other, more serious health issues including respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Find out how proper nutrition can make a positive impact on your pet's weight management.

How the Right Food Can Promote Weight Loss

A cat gaining a few pounds can have a huge impact—if an 8-pound cat were to gain 2 pounds that would be the same as a 125-pound person gaining 31.25 pounds.

Start your cat on a complete weight reduction program that includes check-ups with the veterinarian. Regular exercise with mobile or laser toys can also help. A PetSmart associate can help you find a high-quality food with less calories and fat.

Premium pet foods with restricted calories will have the proper amounts of:

  • Protein
  • Fatty acids
  • Vitamins & minerals
  • Fiber to feel fuller longer

Together, these nutrients help prevent deficiencies and keep your cat healthy while she is losing weight.

Salmon, pumpkin, peas, cranberries, chicken, and apples
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What You Need to Know About Portion Sizes

Cutting the portion sizes of your cat's current food rarely results in successful weight loss. Their current food may not only contain more calories and fat, but also cutting the portions can cause your pet to feel hungry more often.

Reducing portions will also lead to a loss of essential vitamins and minerals. Unlike regular cat food, weight control foods have been balanced to provide adequate vitamins and minerals, while allowing for weight loss through calorie reduction.

Different Types of Weight Maintenance Cat Food

Not all weight maintenance formulas are created equally—each food may be uniquely formulated for the specific weight needs of cats.

Reduced calorie and reduced fat foods are recommended for weight loss while light and lean foods are usually recommended for weight management or if your cat has a tendency to gain weight but is not yet overweight.

AAFC REGULATED WEIGHT MAINTENANCE LABELS
"LIGHT" (ALSO "LITE") "LESS CALORIES" OR
"REDUCED CALORIES"
"LESS FAT" OR
"REDUCED FAT"
Dry foods: 3,250 kcal per kg food
Wet foods: 950 kcal per kg food and 5% fat
The label must include the percentage of reduction and the product of comparison along with other information Labels must include the percentage of reduction, product of comparison and maximum crude fat guarantee after the minimum crude fat guarantee in the Guaranteed Analysis
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More Ways to Address Your Cat's Weight Needs

While feeding the right food and reducing treats is essential to weight loss success, portion control and exercise are key.

Consult your vet to help you develop a comprehensive weight loss plan that includes:

  • Determining the amount of weight your cat needs to lose
  • Setting an amount for daily caloric intake
  • Selecting specific amount of exercise
  • Scheduling follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust calories, exercise as needed to reach the ideal weight
  • Avoiding high-calorie treats