How to make your cat gain weight

One day you may notice that your formerly fluffy, healthy, well-nourished cat is beginning to look positively scrawny. As a devoted owner you are, of course, worried.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian. The problem may be caused by an underlying disease, such as diabetes.

Meanwhile, do a little detective work on your own. You may be able to pinpoint the problem and help the vet make a quick and accurate diagnosis. Here are possible causes of weight loss in cats:

* Worms or parasites are often the cause of skinny cats.

* The cat may have dental problems which make eating painful..

* If you allow your pet to go outdoors, it may be eating something that upsets it: lizards, toads or insects. Cats have been known to eat dead birds or squirrels. When your pet grooms itself, it will swallow the fleas, if any are present.

* It may be ingesting insecticides or chemicals from lawns or plants

Mosquito bites may cause heart worms which result in death. Outside cats need heart worm tests and preventative medication.

If the cat has access to a dumpster or trash cans, it may have been bitten by a rat. Watch for wounds, swelling, or pain when you pet it.

It your cat is an indoor pet, allow it outside for a short period of time. It will seek its own natural remedy. Cats instinctively know which grasses and plants will ease discomfort..

Older cats may experience a decrease in appetite. They sometimes lose their senses of smell and taste. Their systems may be less efficient at absorbing nutrients.

After you’ve visited the veterinarian and received a clean bill of health for your pet, here are some suggestions to help your cat add a few pounds:

– Choose a super premium cat food. Experiment until you find one your cat really likes.

– Warm the food to body temperature.

– Dry food and water may be left out all the time.

– Try to keep the cat as stress-free as possible.

– Minimize noise and distractions during feeding times.

– Offer frequent treats such as tuna and salmon which have been canned in oil.

– Offer high-protein morsels such as chicken or steak from the family dinner table.

– Offer frequent drinks of homogenized milk or a mixture of half milk and half cream if the cat will tolerate it.

– Praise and encourage your pet in a soft voice while it is eating.

If, after two weeks of following this routine, the cat has not regained most of its weight, make a second appointment with the veterinarian. It’s time for more thorough investigation and more intensive testing. Cats can be targeted by many of the same illnesses as humans: kidney disease, heart problems, diabetes and cancer. On the brighter side, most of these ailments are treatable and with care, your pet may live out a normal, comfortable life span.

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