Loading... Please wait...


​Helping Indoor Cats Avoid Obesity

Posted by

Cat playing in cat containment systemRecent reports indicated that Switzerland has a serious pet obesity problem. Veterinary practices revealed that between 20 and 40 percent of the pets they see are considered to be obese, with cats being affected the most. Vet Marina Schybli said that the cause was inactivity, particularly for indoor cats who overeat to compensate for their boredom.

Cats are the most popular pets in Switzerland and many of them are indoor cats due to living in rented apartments. Indoor cats are also becoming more common place in the UK, with dangers and risks increasing concerns for cat owners. It’s estimated that between 39 and 52 percent of UK cats are overweight or obese. These figures are worrying as obesity decreasing life expectancy and also increase risks of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hepatic lipidosis
  • Skin diseases
  • Lack of stamina
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Breathing problems
  • Decreased immune function

Treating Obesity

A trip to the vet will discover whether your cat is overweight or obese. It’s advisable to seek professional advice and assistance as losing weight too quickly is dangerous for cats. Gradually losing weight over up to a year is the best method of helping a cat reach the perfect body condition for their breed. Your vet will design a suitable weight loss programme that should be combined with an exercise plan. You’ll need to be committed to helping your cat and perhaps deal with some stroppiness from your feline friend while they adjust to their new lifestyle.

There are some additional actions you can take in combination with the weight loss and exercise plan.

  • Treat your cat to a new activity centre. These centres do provide new places to lie down and snooze, but they also encourage climbing and play.
  • Introduce new toys into the home. Remember that cats will become bored when playing with the same toy over and over. Buy a selection of different toys and rotate them throughout the weeks.
  • Don’t expect your cat to play on its own. Dedicate time in your day to play with your cat and encourage movement. Busy households can share the responsibility with all family members to ensure daily activity takes place.
  • Let your indoor cat have more space by introducing a cat containment system. Cats love to feel the breeze in their fur, play with leaves and chase butterflies. Even indoor cats can experience these pleasures thanks to the addition of a containment system such as a catio or cat fencing. Having access to the outdoors will increase activity and exercise levels and reduce boredom.

Don’t let your cat suffer with obesity. Use the tips above to enhance the life of your pet and ensure they are as happy and healthy as possible. 

5 Reasons to Love Black Cats

Last month we celebrated National Black Cat Day along with the rest of the UK. The aim of National Black Cat Day is to recognise that black cats are beautiful and that there are many that need rehoming. You see, black cats have a harder time than other cats when it comes to finding new owners. In fact, it [...]

Read More »

​Rabbit Linked to the UK Animal Killer

We have another distressing report to share regarding the horrendous killings of animals across the UK. The police are currently investigating the fatal mutilation of a beloved pet rabbit and linking it to the Croydon cat killer, now renamed to the UK animal killer.The body of Teddy was found by the owner in the hutch in the garden in Harpenden, [...]

Read More »

​Potentially Deadly Virus Risk to Cats in Derby

A vet in Derby has given cat owners a warning regarding a potential deadly virus affecting cats in the area. Saint Leonard Veterinary has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of feline panleukopenia virus, or FPV, also known by the name of feline enteritis. The RSPCA has also reminded owners about the importance of vaccinating their [...]

Read More »


My name is Sonia. I am married to David and together we lodge with our 6 cats in a two bed semi with a secure garden, secured with Protectapet.com.An avid cat lover, I am very passionate about all aspects of animal welfare. I also volunteer for our local Pawprints Dog Rescue.Specialising in Cats, I offer to [...]

Read More »


A few months ago, Cleo and James launched FUSSY PUSSY. A cat themed apparel, accessories and cat art brand with a conscience.Their business model is simple: for every product sold, 10% will be donated to International Cat Care to help save cats in need. You buy, you donate.In this blog post, we catch up with Cleo to find [...]

Read More »

​Keeping Cats Safe on Halloween and Bonfire Night

Halloween and bonfire night both present dangers to our feline friends. International Cat Care have released a reminder of the dangers and risks facing cats at this time of year.Glow Sticks Glow sticks are very easy for cats to chew through. These glow sticks contain dibutyl phthalate, which makes cats foam at the mouth with immediate effect. If your [...]

Read More »

Theo, Pick Us! #SBS

About ProtectaPetSet up in 2012 by husband and wife team, Simon and Eve, this rapidly growing company stays ahead of changing attitudes towards responsible pet ownership. Our ethos is simple: a safe pet equals a happy owner. As a team of pet owners and animal lovers, we understand pets and their owners' needs. We have spent [...]

Read More »

​Should I Keep My Cat Indoors?

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home recently shared some excellent advice on how to create the best possible environment for your cat. When cats aren’t sleeping, they love to be off exploring the great outdoors. It can be difficult knowing what is best for your cat when it comes to their safety and their wellbeing, which is best, outdoors verses [...]

Read More »

​Australian Cats Kill 1 Million Birds Each Day!

Research has revealed that 1 million Australian birds are killed each day by cats. The study was published in the journal of Biological Conversation. The researchers were shocked at the results and concluded that cats are likely to be driving the decline of threatened native species.According to the study, feral cats are estimated to be responsible for the death [...]

Read More »

Sign up to our newsletter


Protectapet Ltd
Unit 1
Canal Lane
ST6 4PA.

Telephone: 0800 999 4008
Email: info@protectapet.com

Copyright 2017 ProtectaPet | Company Reg: 09051826 | VAT Reg: 190682685