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Good news for fat cats!
Dr. Karen Becker, integrative veterinarian, reports that a growing number of veterinarians are recommending what they call the “Catkins” diet for kitties who need to lose weight. “Catkins” is an reference to the Atkins diet for humans, which was one of the first low-carbohydrate diet plans.
Equally encouraging is the fact that an article in a pet food industry journal actually mentions Dr. Lisa Pierson and her excellent informational website on feline nutrition called CatInfo.org.
“The Catkins diet may help obese cats not only lose weight, but also may aid with a variety of health problems that cats may develop from not having enough moisture in the diet. Pierson says that in the wild, a cat's typical prey contains 70 percent to 75 percent water, which is similar to the moisture content of many wet cat foods; however, she says dry cat foods typically contain only 10 percent moisture.”Hopefully soon the mainstream veterinary community will not only be recommending moisture-rich diets for overweight cats and those who are sick, but for healthy cats of all ages.
Species-appropriate nutrition is the best preventive medicine available. It helps keep pets at a good weight (as long as their owners don’t overfeed them), and the right food also dramatically reduces the risk of feline diseases, especially those involving the lower urinary tract, kidneys and liver.
There's more at Mercola Healthy Pets.
If you're thinking of switching, keep this in mind:
Cats often need some coaxing to change food. When we switched Aimee from dry cat food to canned fish, she simply turned up her nose and walked away.
Make the change slowly. Unlike dogs who will never starve in the face of food, finicky cats can trigger fatty liver syndrome when they don't eat. Gradually add canned food and eliminate kibble until you're sure your kitty is on board.You will need persistence and consistency. But once you have removed kibble from the diet, the excess weight will melt off. A trim cat is a healthy cat.