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They say that dogs have masters, and cats have staff! While all cat owners know that cats are more complex and loving than that, the quotation certainly illustrates how difficult it can be to get a cat to change its behaviour. When re-training dogs, you have the added advantage of the animal's emotional attachment to you … it wants to please you! However, cats are far more independent. Partner this quirk of the personality of the species with the fact that food is an essential ingredient in the survival recipe AND the fact that cats are quite capable of finding their own food, thank you very much, and we get a lot of fat kitties. Today we check out 7 helpful pet products and vet supplies that can help slim down our feline friends.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

1. Breed-Specific Weight Range Calculator
These specialist vet supplies are used to determine the ideal weight range for your particular breed of cat. Once you've got a goal, you can start working towards it!

2. Diet Food Products
At its most basic, the weight loss equation has two elements – calories in, and calories out. Specialist diet cat foods available from vet supplies and online pet stores help with the 'calories in' side of the equation. However, they also help with the metabolic quirks that can develop with food-restricted diets for cats – the tummy is full, so the body continues to burn energy!

3. Feeding Dispensers
These advanced pet products can help with portion control and feeding timing for your cat. Cats should be fed between two and four times a day. You should set your feeding dispenser to gradually reduce the amount of food in each portion.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

4. Plastic containers
Sealable plastic containers are an unusual item to think of as a weight loss pet product, and they don't feature in online pet stores, but they could be a major element in the weight loss formula. Cats are not designed to digest carbohydrates, making kitty kibble a weight-inducing food for cats. Buy a large tin of food and separate it into portions using plastic containers for easy feeding, to help make feeding the 'right' foods easier.

5. Mousetraps!
A cat's full meal is about the same weight as a small mouse. If you live in an area prone to mouse infestation, it's possible that your cat is overweight from catching and eating too many mice. Considering that mice aren't always the healthiest thing to eat, and also considering that you can' restrict your cat's food on the assumption that she's been catching mice, you should take some steps to remove the additional food source yourself!

6. Collar Bells
If mice aren't the problem, but birds are, a collar with bells on it might save some of the local wildlife as well as helping to keep your cat's weight down.

7. Frozen Chicken Pieces
If you're attempting to train your cat using positive reinforcement, use frozen chicken pieces as a treat rather than the standard high fat, high carbohydrate pet products available in the supermarket. Or, choose a specialty vet supply from an online pet store.

Fat cats are not happy cats – do your pet a favour with these handy pet products for weight loss!

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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