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il y a 2 ans
Is this a good brand to help aid in weight loss? Also does it taste good enough for the cats for them to enjoy it if it tastes “healthy”?
beth H. • il y a un an
The main thing to keep in mind when trying to get a cat to lose weight is to not overfeed. It's very easy with cats, but steps you can make to help with it include switching to wet food (or partially wet food) if your cats only eat dry food, put them on a food schedule rather than letting them free feed through the day, and measuring food for each meal. Most cat foods have a guide to how much you should feed based on weight; that guide is for maintaining current weight rather than having a healthy weight. So if your cat is 13 pounds but needs to be 11 pounds, you'll want to gradually reduce the amount of food or eats until it's in that 11 pound bracket. Cats shouldn't lose weight too fast, so reduce the amount you feed gradually. Also keep in mind that, like people, activity level and metabolism affect weight in cats. My cats weigh 6, 9, and 11 pounds, but they eat roughly the same amount. The 11 pounder isn't very active at all, but the 6 pounder is still practically a kitten and is quite active. You will have to adjust food based on that, but the guide on the bag will generally give you a starting point. How about Hills specifically? I have mixed feelings about it. Some people love it, others think it's overhyped. It isn't a bad food, but people who use grain free foods tend to dislike it. It's an expensive brand for one that isn't grain free, and many people are switching to grain free. Many of their foods are also prescription only, which drives the price up even more, and it limits where you can get it. There was also a recall on their dog food recently, which can be off-putting for some. Now, many food companies have had recalls. It's important to keep up on, but unless it's a consistent problem I don't think it's the only reason to stay away from a brand. Hills is formulated with some less common ingredients, meaning that if your cat is sensitive to something in regular cat food, Hills can help you solve that issue. There's an interesting range of proteins available, and there will likely be one that your cat likes; mine tried rabbit from Hills and hated it but we're okay with duck. So... Is it good for weight loss? A lot of weight loss is dependent on the owner's actions and ensuring that we don't overfeed them. Hills is a decent food, but ensuring that your cat gets the right amount of food is still up to you regardless of if you're buying Meow Mix or feeding a fully raw diet. If your vet is recommending Hills, it would be a good idea to follow their advice and come up with a feeding plan for amount and type, and to follow up regularly for weight check ins.