The day that you've decided that you're going to own a pet should be the same day that you're ready for the responsibilities that it entails. Having a pet isn’t all fun and games. While they can make you happy and lift your mood, they'll be needing your love, attention, and care to help them survive.
Your pets depend their whole life on you. You're in control of how and what they eat. In light of this, you should be responsible enough to help your pet have a healthy weight.
As a pet owner, it's your responsibility when, how, and what your pet eats. Since they have no control over what you’ll serve them, you're in power to feed them what's right for them. That being said, here are the things to keep in mind so your pet can have a healthy weight:
Determine Their Weight
Before starting a diet plan for your pet, you should first determine their weight so you could identify which diet plan would work best for their current condition. If your cat is underweight, for instance, it may be good news to hear that there are a ton of healthy weight gain food in the market that could help your pet gain healthy weight.
With underweight pets, you might be tempted to overfeed them with their usual food. While that may sound effective, it won't be healthy at all. You're just giving them additional fats and calories that could be unhealthy for them. On the other hand, if your pet is overweight, you should consider changing their food as they might have excessive calories.
Take note that it's always ideal to consult with your veterinarian first before changing their diet as their weight condition could be a symptom of an underlying disease.
Watch Their Calories
With the point above, your pet should weigh just about right; not underweight nor overweight.
One thing that you can manipulate over your pet's health is their food intake, which includes how many calories they should consume within the day. To help you out, here’s the list of the right calorie intake for your pet according to their weight:
|Weight||Recommended Calorie Intake|
|10 lbs.||200 to 275 calories|
|20 lbs.||325 to 400 calories|
|50 lbs.||700 to 900 calories|
|70 lbs.||900 to 1050 calories|
|90 lbs.||1100 to 1350 calorie|
Before feeding your pet any food, you should always check the nutrition facts on the label to see how many calories it contained. You should follow the recommended calorie intake of your pet so you could help them have a healthy weight, allowing them to have a healthy and longer life.
If Your Pet is Overweight
If your pet is on the heavier side, you should do everything you can to help them healthily lose weight. While an overweight pet may be cute to look at, they're not fit as you thought they would be; fluffy doesn't always mean healthy.
What you can do to help them lose weight is to watch their calorie intake, as mentioned in our previous discussion. Along with this, you should measure their meal intake into appropriate proportions for their age and size. Veterinarians recommend that your pet should only eat twice a day. You shouldn't offer them an eat-all-you-can buffet as this will only make them eat more than they're supposed to. Lastly, you should try to change their treats into a healthier option and cut them in half or create your homemade treats so you’ll rest assured that they're low on calories.
While you take control of what and how often they should eat, you should also allow extra time for their daily exercise. You can take them out for their daily walk so that they could keep their bodies moving, enabling them to lose extra weight.
If Your Pet is Underweight
If your pet lacks weight, you should consult first with your veterinarian to diagnose if your pet is experiencing any illness or diseases. If your pet is clear of any illness and they're underweight as said by your veterinarian, you should ask your doctor which food they should take or any vitamins that need to be included in their diet.
One safe way that you could improve your pet's weight is by adding their daily calorie intake. You might also consider changing their food to a calorie-based ingredient that could help them gain weight. For your best shot, you should look for pet food that focuses on assisting underweight pets in bringing back their healthy weight.
When it comes to changing your pet's diet, you should always consult with your veterinary to rule out any underlying illness or disease that they might have.
In light of this, the first day that you own your pet, you should only feed them with the right amount of food at the correct interval of the day. Keeping them healthy will help lessen your worries about the possibility of making them under or overweight, allowing them to be fit for the longest time.