If your cat is overweight you are not alone. Close to 40% of cats in the US are overweight or obese. Just like humans, this is not a healthy situation. There are many illnesses associated with those extra pounds that can make your cat's life difficult and even much shorter.
To help reduce your kitty's waistline, it is important to remember to do it slowly. If a cat loses weight too quickly it can develop a serious liver condition. So discuss a weight loss program with your vet.
To determine how many calories your cat should be eating each day, use the following formula.
Take your cat's ideal weight in pounds and divide it by 2.2 to get it in kilograms. Then multiply the kilogram weight by 30. Take that result and add 70. Then multiply that number by .8. For example, your cat's ideal weight is 15 pounds. Divide that by 2.2 = 6.81 kgs. Multiply by 30 =204.5, add 70 = 274.5. Multiply by .8 = 219.6 calories your cat should be getting each day.
Now check the number of calories in your cat's food. If it is not printed on the label contact the manufacturer and ask. Example, if the food contains 328 calories per cup, in this case, 2/3 of a cup of food each day would be the appropriate amount of food to maintain a 15 pound weight.
Getting your cat down to it's ideal weight is a process that takes time and determination. Even when your kitty looks up at you with his big green eyes and meows, "Please sir, I want more." you must resist. He is counting on you to keep him healthy and give him a long well-lived life.