The instant image framed in mind when someone utters the word “cat” is- thin, four legged visual of a creature with stripes/ single shade on the body.
This response to stimuli reveals that thinness is a feature of cat and no peculiarity.
Nevertheless, the abnormalities in the physique of some cats are reflected by their weak bones, visible nerves, dry face and lean shoulders.
A lanky wild cat manages for its feast, by hook or crook.
But, how tamed cats obtain nourishment?
Of course, by the diet chart set and extra care provided by the family at every drop of hat (every instant).
Above and beyond the ordinary approach of :
1) Supplementation in the normal meal by small proportion each day
2) Additional flavour in the food with savory, condiments and spices rich in nutrients and especially protein
3) Routine check up by vet.
Cats must be taken outdoors to indulge in exercises for 10-15 minutes, games, hide and seek, climb and fall activities and exploration of new areas.
These physical exercises are a key to a healthy body and fresh mind.
Indoor roof, comfort and safety accompanied by outdoor games and activities makes a perfect life for cats which they desire to live!
This keeps them strong and robust both physically and mentally.
How many calories should a cat eat to gain weight?
Cats are habitual to calories-rich content and a typical figure which cats intake in normal course of the day is 220-335 calories (Kcal).
For Cats to develop muscles and flesh in their body, families should purchase branded Cat food, as they have preservatives and additives in desired amounts, contents specified and nutrition as required by the cat for its body growth and development.
An ideal Cat should weigh 10 pounds which may alter considering the variation in breed, age and genetic inheritance.
Like- A Persian Cat weighs approx 3.5-5.5 kg which is in wide contrast to Maine Coon weighing 25 pounds!
Various particulars a family should buy to feed their thin cats are:
▪ Vetoquinol Nutrical
▪ Tomlyn Nutrical For Cats
▪ Miracle Vet high Calorie weight gain for Dogs & Cats.
The daily calorie needed and burnt by a cat can be tested by a Pet weight calculator machine as it works as an estimate assistant and roughly measures how much cat has been fed and how much more feeding is required.
Why is my cat skinny?
Prime causes making cats thin are
-Heredity, genetics or other natural reasons
– notoriety, mischief or any annoyance from the type of food provided.
– GI tract disorder, diabetes Mellitus or organ failure.
The reason behind cat’s leanness differs from lighter causes to dark, disturbing and deadly causes.
• Cats may consume enough in the day, yet the effect turns out to be next to negligible. This is simply because of inherited genetics of the parent cat and feline, improper processing of food in the body, low metabolism and unsound stimulation of hormones.
• Oral problems, dental pain and ulcers in mouth may be the reasons leading to ill-consumption of food. Cats, sometimes, may not like the taste and flavour of food and rush for a hunger strike for prolonged time. This can bring down its calories, leading to skinniness.
The gradual weight loss in cats is felt by the master (if not visible due to the growth of fur and hair and body) when it climbs on its master’s body, sleep on his legs or upon him.
Feline cats become thinner during and after their pregnancy because of the precaution and selection in the food suggested by the veterinarian.
Recommended food during and after pregnancy:
i) Kitten Indoor
ii) Kitten Cat varieties
iii) Kitten healthy development
They are although plenty in nutrients, fibre and vitamin but limit the activity, restrict the movement and bind the functional enclave of a cat, making them weak internally.
How to feed a cat to help them gain weight?
“Joyfulness is half your health.”
Cats are vigorous, husky and enthusiastic creatures. Any disease or poor health overshadowing their zeal is not easily recognised and hence, not diagnosed.
They slowly show the symptoms of upset stomach, low appetite and most commonly, weight loss.
To enrich them with strength and energy, families try to customize ideal-weight food rich in fat contents and other body building elements.
To help cats gain weight:
▪ Periodic feeding in small amounts is important.
▪ They must be provided warm aromatic food to entice their hunger
▪ They can be provided with vitamin tablets or syrups after veterinarian prescription for their weight gain.
▪ Any degree of stress or anxiety burdening on them must be alleviated.
Proportion based requirement for the meal should be that, the meal should have
□ As small ingredients and constituent as possible to avoid any difficulty in chewing and swallowing.
□ Plant based products should share a smaller percentage.
Especially prescribed food for cats suffering from weight loss are:
■ Blue wilderness high protein grain free wet cat
■ Iams proactive health kitten dry
■ Tiki cat canned cat food for adult cats
These items have a blend of taurine, boost calories, protect the urinary tract and also support the vision and eye function.
How to fatten up your old cat?
Ageing always diminishes the girth of the body, making it weak with small pouches and lose whiskers on cheeks.
When cats turn old they lose body weight, mass and fat, eat less, their skin gets soaked day by day.
At this stage, they also become a subject of contempt for peer young pets.
Keeping in mind the height and intensity of health issues, behavioural change and fall in age, the family must feed their cats limited amounts of food, but this limited food should be fulfilling and nutritional enough to enable their cats to conduct, at least, normal activities of the day.
How to decide the food requirement of an old cat?
The lead solution to this issue is seeking veterinarian suggestions regarding adherence to the guidelines stated by Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
Next, in terms of calories consumption the old cat must, at least, consume 45-50 calories (Kcal) for a healthy level and sustenance.
Some old cats also need supplements, apart from normal meals as these are an edge to their survival, fine-being as well as mental and physical condition.
Ageing adds to physical ailments.
In case of any anomalies or symptoms, the family must consult a veterinarian for better understanding of the complication.
Why should you fatten up your cat?
By and large, families choose wet canned food over the dry one.
Is it cheaper? Is it better?
Well, the quality of food deviates from the homogeneity of the nutrients.
Moreover, families keep the health of their pets before any monetary savings.
The wet canned food has more fat than dry cat food. In addition to this, the food is in semi-liquid form, thus equally hydrating the body and making it fibre-rich.
As far as fattening the cat is concerned, people, earlier, domesticated creatures for hunting & gathering and for building their pet’s stamina and strength, they were provided grains, meat and flesh to thrive on.
However, with the running era, people and their mentality, attitude and approach have largely changed and they, now, tame Cats for their own purpose of premise protection or self-appease.
Also, cats can outlive dominant climates and possess calm temperament and traits of reproducing in captivity.
For cats to be more tough and mighty, there must be regular and proper feeding for them to fatten and strengthen.
How to fatten up your skinny cat?
The aversion to food does not mal-nourish a cat. It is the diet difference, flavour alteration and consumption volume that decide the fat formation and thus, the muscle development on skinny bones.
Sometimes, cats may be deprived of equal share when the food is bound to be divided among a number of pets.
Also, the cat may be bullied or fall short of constructive learning and training to deal with domination.
Cats may also have parasites residing within their stomachs which take up the entire nutrient (leaving the by-product within) before the food reaches the digestive tract.
As a result, even if a cat eats double the daily meal, it would be too less to coat fat globules, fur and flesh round its body.
To make pet cat fat and generate its interest towards the food, the family can use Paltry items like unsweetened Yoghurt as a topping on food, provide boiled and scrambled eggs but avoid raw eggs as it has twin disadvantages of producing obnoxious smell and being left uneaten by the cat.
Other meals like Tuna or liver with a very small proportion of pepper and salt can be served, however infrequently because they are like the junks which tempt them to eat.
How to fatten your small cat up?
Kittens weigh 225g-450g when they are 4-5 weeks old.
They are completely oblivious to the surrounding and only look for its feline mother for their protection and tenderness.
For a tamed kitten, the parents furnish them with whole-hearted comfort and kindness.
Soft bed, warm sheet and infinite commitment towards its safety ensure its proper growth.
On the health front, the kittens should be provided only its mother’s milk, if possible, as mother’s milk is the utmost needed and important food for kitten’s growth.
If feline’s milk is not possible, the family can arrange its substitute by feeding Kitten milk replacement formula.
However, numerous precautions in terms of its manufacturing date, smell, packing and other relative aspects must be adhered so that it does not affect kittens anyway.
For a growing kitten to fatten up:
• It must be given only “Kitten” food as it has a proper and specific amount of protein and fats which is needed by the body and tissues to develop.
• The prevailing environment must suit the nature and temperature of kittens. It must be comfortable and at ease while eating.
If there is any sign of discomfort or reluctance shown by kitten, its location should be immediately changed to provide it the best possible amenity.
•Veterinarian appointment is must.
Kittens, in their growing age, must be taken to a vet for their report and progress physically, mentally and socially.
Your cat’s diet during weight gain
Cat’s responsiveness and adaptation to an unknown territory is edged and smoothened by its fine health.
Optimum body weight is the primary requisite of a flourishing body.
For this, cats’ food must be of a high and branded quality with a balanced diet (also called unique diet).
Provision for protein and fat rich meals, stability over disease and constant attentiveness over their needs help cats proliferate and stay delighted.
Uncooked or human-edible food should never be served, for they result in difficulty in digestion and its elements may turn out to be intoxicating for the digestive system of cats.
Thus, the cat and its needs must be highly taken care of for its fine growth and development.