Watdumew is a registered dietitian with 20 years of experience in the nutrition counseling profession. Today, in this interview, we will be interviewing doctors with questions about cats' current overweight status.
Reporter: How should cats eat properly?
Watdumew: Cats should eat a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. This typically means feeding them a diet of wet food that is specifically formulated for cats. It is also important to provide your cat with fresh water at all times. In general, it is best to feed your cat several small meals throughout the day rather than one or two large meals. This will help to prevent them from becoming overweight and ensure that they get all of the nutrients they need. Additionally, it is important to monitor your cat's food intake and make sure they are eating enough, but not too much. If you have any concerns about your cat's diet, it is best to consult with your veterinarian for personalized advice.
Reporter: Why do cats eat a high-protein diet?
Watdumew: Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they have a biological requirement for protein from animal sources in order to maintain their health. A diet that is high in protein helps to support a cat's strong muscles, healthy organs, and overall well-being. Cats also have a high metabolism and require a lot of energy, which they get from the protein in their diet. In general, cats should get most of their calories from protein, with a smaller amount coming from fat and a very small amount from carbohydrates. It is important to feed your cat a diet that is specifically formulated for their nutritional needs, as the dietary requirements of cats can vary from those of other animals.
Reporter: Does that mean cats can't be vegetarians?
Watdumew: Cats cannot be vegetarians because they have a biological requirement for certain nutrients that are only found in animal-based foods. In particular, cats need to eat foods that are high in protein and certain amino acids, such as taurine, in order to maintain their health. While it is theoretically possible for a cat to survive on a vegetarian diet, it is unlikely to provide them with all of the nutrients they need and may lead to serious health problems.
Reporter: Oh, so this is extremely difficult for religious cats, especially zen. We cannot fight nature.
Watdumew: That's not my problem, I'm a nutritionist.
Reporter: Oh, I'm so sorry. Let's talk about food.
Watdumew: When I refer to food that is specifically formulated for cats, I am talking about food that has been designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of cats. Cats have different dietary requirements than other animals, so it is important to feed them food that is specifically made for their needs.
There are several reasons why it is best to feed your cat several small meals throughout the day rather than one or two large meals. First, cats have a small stomach and may not be able to eat large amounts of food at once. This can lead to digestive problems and may cause them to become overweight. Feeding your cat several small meals throughout the day allows them to eat smaller amounts of food at a time, which is easier for them to digest and process. Additionally, feeding your cat several small meals can help to regulate their blood sugar levels and prevent them from becoming overweight. It can also make mealtime more enjoyable for your cat, as they are more likely to get excited about eating smaller, more frequent meals.
Wet food is a good choice for cats because it is high in protein and moisture, which are both important for a cat's health. Cats have a biological requirement for protein from animal sources in order to maintain their health, and wet food is a good source of this nutrient. Additionally, cats do not have a strong thirst drive and may not drink enough water on their own, so feeding them wet food can help to keep them hydrated. Wet food is also more palatable for many cats, which can make it easier to get them to eat the food that they need. Overall, wet food can be a nutritious and convenient option for feeding your cat.
Many food companies offer specialized diets for cats that are designed to meet their specific nutritional needs. It is always best to consult with a nutritionist before making any changes to your cat's diet.
Reporter: What about being overweight in our society today?
Watdumew: Overweight are at risk for a number of health problems, including diabetes, joint problems, and heart disease. It is important to monitor your weight and make sure you are at a healthy level. If you are overweight, there are a few steps your friends can take to help you lose weight and get back to a healthy level. First, it is best to feed yourself several small meals throughout the day rather than one or two large meals. This will help to prevent them from becoming overweight and ensure that you get all of the nutrients you need. Then, providing yourself with plenty of opportunities for exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Reporter: Can you provide us some exercises for cat to help them maintain healthy weight?
Sure, here are a few exercises that can help cats maintain a healthy weight:
Encourage you and your friends to play with interactive toys, such as laser pointers or feather wand toys. This will not only provide mental stimulation, but it will also get you moving and burning calories.
Set up a cat tree or scratching post in your home. This will give you a designated place to climb and scratch, which can provide a good workout.
If you are comfortable with it, take for walks. This will allow you to explore the outdoors and get some exercise.
Provide you with a variety of safe and appropriate objects to climb on, such as boxes, shelves, or cat trees. This will allow you to climb and jump, which can provide a good workout.
Reporter: Thank you for your sharing.