How to feed a neutered cat?
Weight gain in neutered cats has been extensively studied. Although all studies have been conducted by different scientists, each of whom prefers a different approach, the overall picture remains the same.
Let’s look at the highlights in this article on weight gain in neutered cats.
Reducing energy consumption is not a problem
In short and simply, weight gain may be associated with an energy imbalance. When pets gain weight, they begin to consume more calories than they can burn. This leads to the storage of the excess as fat.
The question arises – which is more important: the incoming calories received in the process of food consumption or consumed, consumed in the course of existence? Studies have not provided a clear answer.
Some of them confirm, while others say the opposite. According to the latter, individuals who have undergone sterilization and castration expend the same amount of energy after surgery as healthy individuals.
Increased appetite after sterilization
Left alone, many animals consume more food after sterilization than before. The reasons for this desire are not yet fully understood, but the results can already be shocking.
A recent study found that after sterilization, the average male food intake throughout the day increased by at least 50%. Their weight has also increased, but with a smaller value – by almost 30%.
Similarly, interestingly, it can be observed in women after the same operation.
It seems pretty obvious that the biggest problem is the calories in. It is not known why domestic cats eat so much after spaying, but since this seems like a fairly predictable outcome of the operation, owners need to make up for it. If pets get fat after surgery, the fault is not in them, but in the owners.
The solution to the problem is quite simple – to deny free access to food after sterilization. Instead, you should switch to a portion-adjusted, balanced diet to maintain a slim body.
Thanks to timely measures taken, weight gain and consequent deterioration of health can be avoided.