Fram & Sax Cat Care and News February 2018
01 February 2018
The branch started planning for the year ahead whilst mourning the loss of our dear friend and devoted volunteer Carol Sheward, who sadly died after a short illness at the end of November 2017. Carol had been with the branch for over 15 years and she was truly dedicated to the welfare of cats. She was an expert at trapping feral felines and had been a fosterer. In recent years Carol was our Neutering and ID officer. As a pivotal member of the fundraising team she helped raise many thousands of pounds, not least with the soft toy donations she collected for her 'every-one-a-winner tombola'. Carol was loved for her wit, wisdom and enormous compassion and will be greatly missed.
Feline care: Fat Cats. You may have made some resolutions to watch your weight in 2018, but have you considered doing the same for your beloved feline friend? Is your cat slim, cuddly, chubby, rotund or simply obese?
Like humans, cats will gain weight when they eat more calories than they burn. It is easy to give extra treats, or an inappropriate diet without encouraging enough activity to burn off the excess. Most weight gain is gradual, so not always easy to spot. Monitor your cat to see if they are still able jump, groom and play with ease. A cat's ribs should be felt when lightly stroking their body and a waistline should be seen when observed from above.
Follow feeding advice given on the pack for the daily suggested amount for the cat's size, age and level of activity. Neutered cats typically have a decreased metabolic rate and reduced energy need, so adjust accordingly. Try splitting the daily allowance into two or three small meals, which mimics natural feeding habits. Avoid leaving food down all day. If treats are offered, remember to take these into account when calculating a daily allowance, and do not feed additional scraps. Encourage plenty of play, and make your cat work for its food by putting dried biscuits or treats (taken from the daily allowance) inside puzzle balls. Sometimes just stroking your cat when they seem to be pestering for food can often placate them! Overeating can be due to stress caused by a change in household circumstances making the cat uncomfortable eg building work, a new baby or new pet. Always consult your vet for advice if you have any concerns about your cat's health and weight.