I have an obese cat that really doesn’t eat that much


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My cat eats no more than a 1/2 a cup of dried food a day, she is 16 yrs old and very fat. She is a tabby/Siamese mix. What can I do to get her to lose some of the fat? She is an indoor cat.

Nancy Sierchio


Hi Nancy– thanks for your email. Your situation is tough. I know many clients that have cats in a similar situation. As they get older, their metabolism can change and it can be easier for them to gain weight (just like us)!

Weight loss is not easy – it is not easy for us and it is not easy for pets. But the principles are the same. Eat less, eat lower calorie food or burn more calories.

For cats, this is especially hard because you can't play fetch or take them for a good long walk. However, you can still encourage them to play. You can engage them in various toys such as a feather flyer, fur mouse, or laser pointer. You can also feed slightly less food or feed a food that is lower in calories. Several companies make foods for obese pets or a "light" version of the food.

An article that might be helpful to you is Obesity in Cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.