Weight gain can cause our kitty’s lives to be cut short. Overweight cats can deal with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other illnesses caused by extra pounds just like humans. So even though we may really like our chunky kitties, we should take pause and think – are we helping them have a healthy long life?
Are we cutting our lives with them short?

Are we being responsible pet parents by not helping them lose weight?

Are they able to romp and play like kitties their age should?

The issue is, it’s not so easy to get kitty to shed the pounds. They like to eat, just like we humans. They indulge, and like us, they keep adding on the pounds. It’s pretty amazing how much felines are like humans. They share our weight problems. Cat weight loss is not so easy. Overweight cats are every bit as common as overweight humans.Felines also share the fact that weight and metabolism are closely linked. As cats age, they tend to slow down, and their metabolism slows. With the weight gain, they move slower, and their metabolism gets a bit slower, just like with us humans.#HillsPet has come up with a new cat and dog food that combats weight gain by fighting the pets’ metabolism. Some key points about Hill’s Metabolic Cat Food include:

  • While eating Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, an overweight animal’s metabolism changes to act more like that of a lean animal.
  •  Even after weight loss is achieved, the highly efficient energy metabolism profile is maintained.
  •  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution provides clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn calories and regulate appetite.
  • Your pet’s quality of life and relationship with your family is impacted because that extra weight can reduce play time, impact mobility and affect the lifelong general health of your dog
  •  As the pet parent said, “I gained a friend.” When our pets feel good, it’s like getting back our old friend.
  •  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is not a fad because you must be working with your veterinarian to make sure your cat or dog is a candidate for this special diet.

While we understand there are health concerns when our pet carries extra weight, often times it  affects our relationship with our pet. In the video Bear’s Story we see a touching, real life story of dog named Bear and how his excess weight affected his life and his relationship with his family. His pet parents didn’t know what to do. With the help of their veterinarian, they took the brave first step by starting a weight loss program, and feeding Bear Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. The transformation began. Bear started to gain back his energy and his life.

If Bear’s story isn’t enough, let’s look at some of the results for cats. With #Hills Pet Metabolic cat food. Russell, 5 year old, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 11.3 kg (24.9 lbs.) Russell was shown to have 72% body fat and lives in a multi-cat household Body Weight: 10.6 kg (23.3 lbs)

Russell-Before

Russell-Before

Weight Loss: 0.7 kg (1.5 lbs). 6.1% body weight loss over 17 weeks Russell is losing weight despite being on 15 mg of Prednisone for Immune mediated thrombocytopenia and the owners feeding 3/4 cup instead of the recommended 1/2 cup per day.

Russell - After

Russell – After

Presented at 5.95 kg (13.1 lbs.) Body Weight: 5.1 kg (11.2 lbs) Weight Loss: 0.9 kg (1.9 lbs). 14.3% body weight loss Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Tara Edwards, DVM. Toronto Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Day ≈200

Lily -Before

Lily -Before

Day 0 Lily, spayed female, Domestic Short Hair Day ≈ 150

Lily - After

Lily – After

Meg, spayed female, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 7.6 kg (16.7 lbs.) Body Weight: 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs)

Meg - Before

Meg – Before

Day 0 Weight Loss: 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs). 15.8 % body weight loss Presented at 9.5 kg (20.9 lbs.) To see these super obese cats lose weight is really amazing as they’ve typically been the most difficult of all.” Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Day ≈ 170

Meg - After

Meg – After

Day 0 Malakai, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Body Weight: 8.6 kg (18.9 lbs)

Malaka - Before

Malaka – Before

Weight Loss: 0.9 kg (1.9 lbs). 9.1% body weight loss Malakai losing weight despite the owners feeding 3/4 cup instead of the recommended 5/8 cup per day. I look forward to weight management re-evaluations with my patients now. Every cat I have on this food loses weight, so it makes my job that much easier. Day ≈ 150

Malakai - After

Malakai – After

Day 0 Norman, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 6.5 kg (14.4 lbs.) Body Weight: 5.1 kg (11.4 lbs)

Norman - Before

Norman – Before

Weight Loss: 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs). 19.8 % body weight loss

Norman - After

Norman – After

“More energetic, looks and seems to feel great. What a transformation” MyCal Arseneau, DVM. Jacobson Veterinary Services Lennie, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Day ≈ 180 Day 0 Presented at 6.6 kg (14.6 lbs.) Lennie is the clinic cat and is notorious for helping himself to the “buffet” available on their food shelves.

Lennie- Before

Lennie- Before

Body Weight: 5.4 kg (11.4 lbs) Weight Loss: 1.2 kg (1.3 lbs). 9.0 % body weight loss in 10 weeks

Lennie - After

Lennie – After

“Where other diets have failed, Metabolic has worked. He loves the food and has a lot more energy. His success is motivating our clients to start weight loss programs with their pets” Fundy Veterinarian’s Animal Hospital

To check out Hills’ many offering in this new food, visit:

Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution dry food
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution wet food
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution treats 

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated by the Pets 360 Network for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but www.bjbangs.net (Paws for Reflection)
only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

What do you think about these chunky kitties getting a new lease on life? Have you seen your kitty or doggie, or even yourself, slow down because of weight loss? I know I sure  have. Please share your thoughts. 

If you are interested in learning more about Hill’s Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, contact Paws for Reflection, and we’ll be
glad to share more information.

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