1) Use small bowls and scoops – just like people if we have a big plate or bowl, we fill it up!
2) Add in non starchy veggies if your pet is “starving” – green beans, lettuce and broccoli are great for dogs. Cats love melon!
3) Use less kibble and more canned food – canned food is 80% water
4) Add water or broth to kibble and let is soak 20-30 mins prior to serving
5) Talk to all members of the family and make sure everyone is on board
6) Keep your pet out of the kitchen or room during food preparation and eating
7) No access to neighbours – may be treating!
8) Have a treat allowance – only 10% of calories needed per day should be treats
9) Measure food accurately
10) Determine how many calories your pet needs per day. Check out https://www.fvah.ca/2014/12/18/the-battle-of-the-bulge-how-many-calories-do-i-feed/. Or visit us for a FREE weight evaluation with one of our technicians and we will help you work out the calories.
11) Monitor! Weigh in every 2 weeks
12) Increase exercise! You can feed your cat in several places in the house and let them look for their food. Treat puzzles and laser lights can help cats too
13) Feed multi cats separately – “thin” cat can have its own place that “chubby” cat can’t reach
14) Feed a vet recommended weight loss diet