You've heard it a thousand times before. Responsible owners neuter or spay their pets. PERIOD. Not only does your cat directly benefit, but, you'll be doing your bit to help control unwanted cat population growth. Neutering or spaying will help prevent your cat straying, as they no longer have the need to look for a mate. It can also help reduce the risk of certain tumors developing in cats as well as inhibiting your cat's need to mark territory through spraying. Unfortunately, due to the hormonal changes caused by neutering, there are usually dietary adjustments, post procedure. In this blog post, we will discuss the do's and don'ts of adjusting your cat's feed routine.
After neutering, your cat’s endocrine system (Which regulates hormones and a wide variety of bodily functions,) undergoes some changes. Hormone production significantly alters due to the absence of the ovaries/ testes and thus the cat no longer requires the hormone levels that regulate their function. This causes a few physiological changes in the cat but, the one that is most critical is your cat's decreased metabolic requirements. Simply put, this means your cat's caloric requirements drop significantly and if you don't adjust her diet, she'll start putting on the pounds.
Post neutering, the mature cat's daily caloric needs drop by approximately 30%. This downshift in food needs occurs almost immediately, usually within 24 hours of surgery. Young, still growing cats don't require an immediate adjustment in feeding regimens, but will need their caloric intake reduced once they are fully grown. So, how do I adjust my cat’s diet after neutering? Simply reducing your cat's daily food allotment by 30% would seem to be sufficient, however, this can leave your cat lacking the vitamins, minerals and overall nutrition she needs for continued good health. That's why we recommend you explore the many food offerings now created specifically for neutered cats.
Hill’s Perfect Weight, Royal Canin Neutered cat, and Purina One Healthy Metabolism are all specially formulated to provide reduced calories along with the correct levels of nutrients needed for your cat's well being.
Obesity is very dangerous for any animal. If you suspect your cat is gaining weight, speak to your veterinarian about weight loss and management tips. In addition to feeding a specially formulated diet, consider the following:
Managing your cat's weight, post surgery will pay for itself in spades, giving your cat the gift of a longer, happier life.
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