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Reducing stress in our feline friends during COVID-19
Our fabulous Nurse Caroline has made a fantastic video to outline how you can help reduce stress for your cat at home during this time. We have seen a dramatic increase in cases of urinary blockages over the last few weeks and this is most commonly a result of increased stress levels.There has been many changes for us to adjust to and we mustn’t forget that this is also a stressful and uncertain time for our pets too. We hope this video helps to keep your feline friends comfortable and as stress-free as possible!🐱❤️International Cat CarePosted by Milton Keynes Veterinary Group on Friday, 24 April 2020
In the meantime there are ways to help your cat at home, such as weighing out their recommended daily food to control their portion sizes. However, these allowances may need to be adjusted due to factors such as age, gender, and breed. Unfortunately the recommended daily food allowance is not a one guide fits all, and each brand will have their own suggestions.
If you like to give your cat treats then these need to be taken into consideration with their daily food allowance. Treats are fine in moderation, but you will need to reduce the amount of normal food to allow for how many you have given.
Cats should never have a big change to their diet, a slow and steady weight loss is ideal as sudden weight loss can cause further medical issues. You may not see weight change every day so regular weighing is a useful way to monitor progress. In most cases it can take up to a year for an obese cat to achieve its ideal weight.
The same as humans, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight. Typically an indoor cat will be a higher risk of being obese as their exercise levels will be lower than outdoor cats. Ways to get cats to be more active can include feedings balls, which encourage them to work to get their food, again making sure this is within their normal daily allowance. Playing with your cat will also encourages them to exercise, as well as providing bonding time with them.