Preventing obesity in cats: diet and exercises

Obesity in cats is a growing concern that can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. A balanced diet and regular physical activity are essential for maintaining a healthy weight.

Nutritional strategies:

  • Measured diet: Serve controlled portions based on the pet's specific caloric needs, avoiding leaving food available all day.
  • Quality foods: Choosing a balanced food high in protein and low in carbohydrates can help manage weight.
  • Physical activity :

  • Interactive games: Use toys that encourage the cat to run, jump and chase.
  • Climbing Structures: Cat trees and shelves allow for climbing and exploring, thus promoting physical exercise.


  • Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, offers guidelines on diet and weight control in cats.
  • "Clinical Nutrition of Dogs and Cats", edited by Hand, Thatcher, Remillard and Roudebush, provides detailed recommendations on diets to prevent obesity.