It is important to visit a vet before putting an overweight cat on a special cat food diet as many practices will run obesity clinics, an expert has said.
Beth Skillings, clinical veterinary officer at Cats Protection, was speaking about how owners with a fat cat should go about helping them lose weight.
She said: "If you are concerned that your cat is overweight, visit your vet for advice as many practices run obesity clinics.
"Never put your cat on a 'crash diet', as this can lead to a fatal liver problem. Weight loss is best achieved with a holistic approach, looking at what, how, where and how much food is fed."
Ms Skillings added that people should then look at their cat’s lifestyle and home environment, and gradually increase the animal’s activity levels and promote play.
Cats Protection has over 250 volunteer-run branches and helps over 230,000 cats and kittens every year.