Exercise is a vital component of any weight loss programme and the same applies to pets. Many of us believe that if we have sufficient garden space or a multiple pet household, that our animals will keep active on their own or entertain one another. Unfortunately this is not the case.
Your veterinary healthcare team may help set up exercise programme for your pet, but there are some general points to remember about exercise.
Cats may not be getting sufficient exercise, particularly those with an indoor lifestyle. Here are some ideas to boost the activity level of your cat.
If you’re changing your pet’s food to Hill’s Prescription Diet recommended for
weight loss we recommend the following:
We know that you may want to reward your pet slimmer with a tasty treat but there are some things you need to keep in mind:
We all like to reward our pets, but all too often we think of food as the first option. There’s no reason why a pet on a weight loss programme can’t receive rewards but why not try some alternatives to food that your pet is sure to appreciate just as much.
• A brush or massage: A relaxing way for you to bond with your pet that warms up muscles, releases tension and stimulates blood circulation.
• Fun, games or exercise: Play a game of fetch, or hide a toy in a sand pit and encourage some digging, take them out for a short walk, or buy a chew toy or puzzle toy.
The idea is to provide some mental and physical stimulation and pile on the praise, attention and cuddles. If you think about it they’re almost sure to love that more than the quick unhealthy titbit that hardly touches their mouth before being gulped down.
Remember to take a number of good “before” pictures to remind you of how your pet looked before starting on the Hill’s Pet Slimmer Programme. So often the transformation in participants is simply remarkable and you’ll what to record your efforts.
If you plan on entering the competition submitting a good set of before and after photographs is critical. Entrants into the Hill’s Pet Slimmer competition recording good weight loss on paper but with poor quality photographic evidence of this stand little chance of making the finals.