Tips for a Healthy Life With Your Cat | FitBit Flex Giveaway

Annie and Eddie inspect the JG motor mouse toy

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As we and our cats get older it becomes easier and easier for us to put on extra weight. Annie and Eddie just turned 3 so they are still very active running and playing every day.  Mercy is 8 so even though he might have liked to slow down, living with two younger cats has forced him to be more active.

Many cat owners don’t even realize their pets are overweight. It is estimated that over 50% of US cats are overweight. Research shows overweight cats are more likely to develop health problems than cats at a healthy weight. These problems can diminish their quality of life and may even shorten their lives.

Purina has developed tools to help you and your veterinarian determine your cat’s ideal body condition, then help her reach and maintain her optimal weight. The good news is that getting your cat into shape may help you enjoy many active years together.

Follow a healthy weight management plan with these simple steps to help your cat have a long, healthy life.

Tips For a Healthy Life with Your Cat

Annie Playing with Catit

Annie and Eddie playing

OBESITY CHECK

How do you know if your cat is overweight? Start with a Healthy Hug! A simple rib check is a great way to determine if your cat has a weight issue. If you cannot feel her ribs, she is carrying extra weight.  If her waist cannot be seen when viewed from above and/or her belly is rounded when viewed from the side your cat may need weight management.  Consult your veterinarian about whether a weight management program is right for your cat.

RIGHT NUTRITION

Your veterinarian can recommend a nutrition plan that will help your cat reach ideal body condition. An effective diet should include the right balance of protein, fat and fiber to promote healthy weight loss.

MEASURE EACH SERVING

Follow the feeding guidelines on the back of Purina packages and measure each serving to ensure you’re feeding the right amount of food for your cat’s ideal body condition. Dividing the daily food allowance among multiple meals can help keep your cat satisfied all day.

LIMIT TREATS

If providing an occasional treat is important to you and your feline friend, work with your veterinarian to build a treat allowance, such as 10% of the daily calories, into your cat’s nutrition plan.

POUNCE AND PLAY

Check with your veterinarian to determine how much exercise is appropriate for your cat. Then encourage increased activity with more playtime and even daily walks. Your cat will burn more calories and maintain more lean body mass. And you will have fun together strengthening your bond with your cat.

Eating Healthy Mean the Right Nutrition

Purina OM ProPlan With Cat

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Simply limiting the amount of food you feed your cat may not be the best approach to managing her weight. Cats need the right balance of protein, fat and fiber for successful weight loss without losing muscle. Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management® Feline Formula includes a high level of protein a cat’s metabolism demands to maintain lean muscle while its low levels of fat and calories encourage healthy weight loss. And OM contains just the right amount of fiber to help a cat feel satisfied while she loses weight.

Weight loss in cats should be gradual. By matching the right nutrition with other healthy practices, such as daily exercise and regular veterinarian visits, you will help your cat return to her ideal body condition and live a long, healthy life.

The FitBit Flex Helps Keep You on Track

As for me, I didn’t pass the rib test.  I spend way too much time at a desk and this winter the pounds seemed to creep up on me. Now that summer is here, I can swim laps every day so if I can discipline myself to limit my treats and measure my food, I should be feeling happier and healthier soon too.

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The FitBit Flex will help you track steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and sleep.  Our friends at Purina offered us a FitBit Flex to give to a member of The Tiniest Tiger community, and we are excited to be hosting this giveaway to help our friends stay active and healthy.

The FitBit Flex Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win a FitBit Flex to help you stay on track to staying happy and healthy with your cat. Your FitBit Flex will ship directly from Purina.

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Comments

  1. Well, he doesn’t do much but I workout a lot!

  2. We play with our cat using a laser pointer, and feed her using our veterinarian’s guidelines; as for us, we run, swim, & play tennis !

    Brian E.

  3. Carolyn Daley says

    We run around and play a lot to help burn calories.

  4. BreanneT says

    We make time to play!

  5. Jaime Cummings says

    We eat healthy foods and I try to exercise her as much as possible.

  6. kyl neusch says

    not to overeat and play to stay healthy

  7. Gina Germane Gallagher says

    My cat and I limit treats to stay healthy! <3

  8. Janice Cooper says

    When I had my cats, we gave them healthier dry cat food and had playtime with their cat toys

  9. aggiashley says

    I don’t have a cat, but I play with my dog a lot to keep her healthy and don’t give her table scraps.

  10. Angela Cash says

    Eating wholesome food and getting plenty of exercise are the most important ways that we all stay healthy.

  11. Courtney Renee says

    My cat has scratching posts and he runs around all the time. I have a treadmill and I go walking

  12. ClickClick says

    I try and get the overweight cats, that my vet calls “Round”, to at least walk. My cats are in the double digits in age, so they don’t really do a lot. I shelter 13 elderly cats.

  13. Keeley Sullivan says

    We try to have a lot of play time. My cat loves it!

  14. Tammy Shelton says

    We try not to overeat and play to stay healthy.

  15. jules mcnubbin says

    we play with them but mostly they stay fit by chasing flies and each other!

  16. rtrexel64 says

    I play with a little string with my kitty to keep her active.

  17. michelle robbins says

    I try not to overfeed the cats. I also try to keep their shots up to date.

  18. My cats aren’t overweight but they run around the house, up and down stairs all day long and we play with the laser and the feather, which they love!

  19. My cat has stomach problems. She seems to throw up her food in the mornings. I believe she eats to fast do I started giving her can food a little at a time.

  20. Sandra Unangst says

    My cat and I try to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. My cat LOVES to play chase and hide and go seek!

  21. Lisa Voyce says

    I make sure to feed them right and me too.

  22. I switched to an all natural cat food for my cat and I am now on a gluten-free and dairy free diet.

  23. Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs says

    Most of us are pretty healthy weight wise. Momma stays busy and gets plenty of exercise taking care of all of us. But this would be nice to keep track of it. Xoxoxo Dancer and the SDR Clan

  24. Lisa Davis says

    We both eat healthy

  25. Cindy Loohoo says

    I walk with my husband a few times a week. We go for between 2 and 3 miles usually. My kitties stay fit by chasing each other around in circles and by playing Da Bird with me. FUN!

  26. Connie Tucker says

    We both eat low carb and he loves to play hide and seek with lots of us chasing the other when we’re found.

  27. I try and feed them – and myself – healthy food. Also we both stay active.

  28. Richard Hicks says

    I try to exercise regularly. My cat stays healthy by eating high quality food and playing a lot

  29. Karla R. says

    My cat loves to roam around in the backyard so we both take advantage of the outdoors while working out.

  30. chantz428 says

    I watch what I eat – follow “moderation” rather than denial – and get a lot of physical activity in my normal day. For my cats, I feed them in moderation to keep their weight in a good range and encourage play.

  31. Playing with a feather

  32. Emily Morelli says

    My cat and I both try to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise. She gets more sleep than I do, though. 😉

  33. Denise Sachs says

    My cats and I stay healthy by exercising.

  34. nickie burke says

    I don’t have a cat but I have a dog and we often go for walks.

  35. I have one cat and we stay healthy by eating right and enjoy playing with her toys!

  36. Tari Lawson says

    I workout regularly, running and lifting weights. My cat goes outside and runs around nearly every day.

  37. cynthiac says

    My cat and I always stick with a healthy diet. I walk daily and try to get her to exercise by playing with her.

  38. We have a healthy diet and play with her feather toy.

  39. Brittney House says

    We stick to a healthy diet.

  40. Courtnie says

    We like to eat healthy.

  41. Katherine Riley says

    We play fetch and with a feather toy. We have one cat that loves the large foil balls. I try to walk on the Wii with out stepping on the cats.

  42. agordon10 says

    we do a lot of tossing toys, my cat likes to fetch

  43. margaretsmith says

    My kids and I play with our cats often. Our kitties have a little basket of toys and we’ll take the time each day to play with them.

  44. diesel51p says

    have them chase me around the house

  45. sexybrat says

    I make sure we eat healthy.

  46. msrodeobrat says

    We try to stay healthy by playing together every day!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

  47. Elizabeth Owens says

    My cat is a healthy weight, so I have that covered. I do try to play mouse and string to keep him active and moving since I always make sure I get my own walk in! My cat is just as important too

  48. Theresa Spaid says

    Unfortunately we really don’t but really should get out and walk and play more in the house.

  49. We both eat a healthy diet.

  50. mullin77 says

    We play with our cat Jasmine and our dog Bailey likes to chase her around the house and I purchased healthy weight cat food for her
    Cathy Truman

  51. Jennifer O says

    I use Da Bird toys to get my kitties moving! And I get moving by making running challenges with friends. This month, it’s to run at least 1 mile every day.

  52. Aaron Reck says

    I have a maine coon and he actually likes to play fetch with me.

  53. My cat and I stay healthy by playing together and eating a healthy diet.

  54. Phyllis Beeler says

    We do kitty massage and then we play with all the catnip toys.

  55. Cat Fleming says

    I switched my cats & myself to a healthier diet & it seems to be working because both my cats & myself have lost a little weight. Their coats are shinier, with less dandruff. I throw paper balls for a couple of my kitties who like to chase them, & we use the laser pointer too. It’s harder to get my older kitty to exercise, but I’m trying.

  56. Emily Zuker says

    My cat likes to play catch, he loves jumping up on the bed, that has to be good exersise, right!?

  57. sarah oswald says

    I play with my cats hen ever possible with the toys on the stick which I can get him to jump bounce and run. I make him beg for his food which is so adorable he stands straight up and paws my hand to try to get the food. He needs all the exercise he can get because to me he seems overweight.

  58. Colleen Boudreau says

    We play every night.

  59. Kerstin Winslow says

    We all try to watch what we eat, portion wise. And, if that doesn’t work we reach for the CATnip and just dream about food!!

  60. Terri Hartley says

    I was just looking at these this morning. My kitties have tons of toys, although Timber is a little on the solid size.

  61. Sonya Allstun says

    I try and play with them as much as possible.

  62. Dana Matthews says

    We are both overweight, but I do attempt to watch what we eat. We spend time in the yard together in the afternoons walking around and watering our trees and plants.

  63. Elise Murphy says

    My cats and I all stay healthy by maintaining a well-balanced diet and lots of playtime. Though their playtime is often with da bird and mine is biking, hiking, etc 🙂

  64. Jenny Burks Nelson says

    Play and run through the house fo no apparent reason

  65. Erin K. Linker says

    2 of my 3 cats are overweight (one very much)…I try to keep them healthy by feeding them prescription diet food, getting them to chase things like a laser pointer, and not free feeding them anymore. It’s hard but I am committed to getting myself, and them, healthier!

  66. Cathy Keisha says

    I stay fit cos I do a lot of running. I try to keep TW fit by making her chase after me. She likes her daily 2 mile walks.

  67. Birdiebee says

    I watch my diet as well as my cats to stay healthy.

  68. Laurie palermo says

    Play ” Soccer” and ball!!

  69. I love this site. Not just for the giveaways, but for the great information and sense of camaraderie between cat people!

    Heather Fowler

  70. Vickie Kohn says

    We play with feather wand toys to encourage running and jumping play

  71. I try not to give my cat human food

  72. Krista Shull says

    I have stairs in my townhome that have really helped us all keep in shape…and of course we play with the crinkle balls and laser pointer!

  73. francesmary says

    My 15 yr old cat, Henry has IBD and his issue is not weighing enough, but his buddy Nigel and his caretaker (me) have enough to spare. I try to monitor Nigel’s eating & activity, but I’m not as diligent for myself. A FitBit would be a wonderful tool to help me remember to keep moving, especially while sitting at my desk at work.

  74. Julie Baker Parlacoski says

    I try and play with them as much as possible.

  75. We both try not to overeat!!

  76. Dicey Efantis says

    I use a variety of toys (Da Bird, laser pointer, jingle balls, hair ties) to engage in play with my four cats. They also have plenty of cat trees to climb. I feed them high protein, no grain food and make sure they have plenty of water.

  77. I don’t do enough, actually. But tomorrow is always a new day. 🙂

  78. Sharon A. Allen says

    This would help me and Mini so much. I try to stay on track and of coarse Mini loves playing with with his balls and mice and other toys but I slack off so this would be what I need

  79. I make sure to play with my cat every day! She loves chasing her favorite ribbon through the crinkle chute.

  80. Annabellainla says

    I try to keep my cats healthy by feeding them the right food and not overfeeding them

  81. stefanieg says

    my cat and I love to play with her toys and eat healthy of course!

  82. Debi Ennis Binder says

    Cut those calories and pick up the exercise! That is so hard! I just don’t love to play with the laser pointer as much as I used to.

  83. What a cutie! My big boy was at once overweight so since then we have had to measure food, healthy food- at that, I limit his favorite treats and we have tons of toys we play together!

  84. Jeanne Owens says

    I need to watch my eating and exercise more. I was doing that a while back with the Wii Fit but have slacked off, and need to get back to it. I play with Shadow and try not to overfeed him and limit the amount of treats and how much people food he gets.

  85. melissa t says

    By eating right and drinking plenty of water

  86. Were I to win this fitbit, I’d probably find myself getting UP OFF MY A_ _ way more often and actually lose some of this .. grummmble .. grummmble .. menopause weight! Make me a happier gal. Of course Bella Nico would be bummed as I wouldn’t take as many afternoon naps and he’d loose his mama sleep buddy! >^..^< meeeowe does not like to reeeed that, says the big black fur boy! LOL

  87. My cat Bella Nico is supposed to have ribs?! Uh oh … that huge boy of mine looks more like a black, rather than gray, manatee that are endangered yet sometimes swim in the water not too far from my home. Have all sorts of toys for my beloved boy but he just doesn’t want to play. Been taking away his food after his first scrounging from the bowl is finished. Not a happy guy about this but hopefully over time … he’ll look like a sleek dolphin rather than a humongous ton manatee 🙂

  88. My kitties all walk on a leash and harness! They love going outside and this keeps them safe.

  89. Mary Jo Krause says

    Get lots of fresh air and sunshine, and do not fret, I live in a rural area, cannot see a house from any side of my house and I have space on all 4 sides of the house, a deck in back,two porches, set far back from road so my cats are safe outside,except maybe from ticks but I give them treatments, so they are fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoors and we cruise around the yard.

  90. Deborah Morgan says

    My cats are overweight at the moment so this would be great to see if I can get myself and them more fit.

  91. Dana Robertson says

    We like to play with her feather and of course she loves the balls that jingle, the noiser the better 🙂

  92. Tammy Dusenberry Cole says

    I like to ride my stationary bike and my Tess loves to play fetch 🙂

  93. Karen Genna Nadeau says

    This would be great for me to try and get healthy, lose a little weight and would love to see what I actually do for exercise. This would be great.

  94. Kelly Tupick says

    We try to stay healthy by eating right and always finding time to play and have fun.

  95. We try to eat right and have play time.
    Sue B

  96. sandy weinstein says

    i dont have cats, but i have 3 dogs, i run with them, we play games, and when it is raining, we play games on the covered deck and inside. to make sure we all get some exercise in every day. i used to do situp with my girls, til i had rotator cuff surgery. they weigh abt 15 lbs. we also do some training which involves exercise as well.

  97. Jo Ann Gee says

    I just started my kitty girl on an exercise regimen 2 weeks ago. I felt a bit of pity for her because she had emergency surgery in March. When we went to get her fixed they “had an emergency, a huge dog was going crazy due to an allergic reaction to anesthesia. But she & the others were fine.” She healed nicely then 6 months later she had to have surgery. Turns out they opened her up & never finished. We almost lost her twice & her only surviving preemie baby. Both are doing great but she gained weight (on a lean diet). It’s been slow going, naturally, but she’s lost weight to where she can walk without huffing/puffing & has been a great mom. She’s small so losing 1 lb. has made a big difference. She’ll lose those 2 lbs. she has left. We’ll both be fit so we can both chase her baby hopefully in a few more months.

  98. We follow most of these tips here – and guess what, my human already has a Fitbit! I think maybe they should make one for cats called a FitKit.

  99. Phyllis Beeler says

    I think this is what I would need to help get me motivated and on track.

  100. Sharvia Sultana says

    we eat healthy!

  101. Patchycat says

    Checkups are important, both for people & pets. We make sure everyone gets their annual physical.

  102. Milene Mittelhauser says

    I run, bike and do yoga, but still struggle with weight. Paisley and Enzo chase each other and wrestle for their own fitness.

  103. latanya t says

    Exercise and eat healthy

  104. Jennifer Benedetto says

    My kitties (and myself) stay healthy with a balanced diet and plenty of exercise!

  105. Our kitties eat a measured amount of grain free food & do not get any people food. We also play games of chase, bird & laser.

  106. margaretporter says

    I feed him only at mealtimes and one treat per day. He loves to jump from the sink to the cabinet playing with me.

  107. Janet Meisner says

    We stay healthy through good nutrition and exercise.

  108. biggie55 says

    I try to fed us both healthy choice foods. I need to play a bit more with the cats and ride my bike more

  109. Measure meals, and feed 3 meals over the course of the day. They like to get the kibble parts of their meals from a food puzzle ball.

  110. The Island Cats says

    The mom feeds us good quality foods and tries to play with us to keep us healthy. But honestly, she needs to play with us more.

  111. Nancy Nemer says

    We walk on the treadmill together every night before dinner.

  112. Lisa Pecora says

    We try to eat right, play, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water.

  113. steve weber says

    We make sure to play a lot of chase games that involve furry toys.

  114. Susan Beamon says

    My boy does not eat treats, and at 15, he spends more time sleeping than he used to. But he still races around the house and follows me everywhere.

  115. Roxanne Coryell says

    I recently purchased an Oskar & Klaus Catnip Crinkleberry for Tommy, and he absolutely adores that toy!!! He runs around with it in his mouth, and even brings it to me to throw so he can fetch it back! At age 12, the game only lasts so long, then he’s mainly watching me throw it, go get it, and throw it again–and he never gets tired of that 😉

  116. Thomas Murphy says

    we eat healthy.

  117. susansmoaks says

    i like to be playful with my cats they keep me young and active.

  118. Cat Fleming says

    I put them & myself on a healthier diet & I try to exercise them (with play) daily. Though it’s difficult for me to exercise due to handicaps, I do try to ride my recumbent bike often.

  119. Lesley F says

    We both try to eat healthy

  120. Carol Roberts clark says

    well i feed him the best food and well i walk alot got a pool to swim in

  121. Michelle Dovin says

    I so need one of these to keep me on track to becoming a healthier me!

  122. Tracy Shafer says

    I am eating low carb, and my cats love the laser pointer..so we play that every day

  123. Shelley Joy P says

    My cats and I try to stay healthy by being active, getting regular check ups and eating healthy.

  124. Kim Henrichs says

    We run all over this house!

  125. Holly Thomas says

    We both eat healthy.

  126. theponyhalf~ says

    we both stay active and eat right, although I worry less about hairballs in my diet.

  127. tannawings says

    I play with the cats daily. They love playing with wand toys and are into hunting catnip, So moving and playing are how they stay fit. Oh, and 2 of them hunt moths, flies and anything else!

    ellen beck on form

  128. Cheryl Saunders Swift says

    My cats are in better shape than I am as I need a knee replacement, but that will be next after the knees work better. They chase each other around the house followed by the dogs and we have interactive toys. They eat a good diet as well.

  129. Tammy Horn says

    We stay healthy by eating right, and getting plenty of exercise. My cats get plenty of interactive toys and jungle gyms too.

  130. Pat DeWald says

    I need to get into better shape so I can keep up with my super-fit kitty.

  131. My cats stay healthy by eating a high-quality, species-appropriate diet and by playing every day. I stay healthy by walking as much as I can and by using a sit-stand desk at work (and dancing to music I’m listening to while working).

    • Super Hurrah!!! Congratulations JaneA! You are the winner of the FitBit Flex. I have given your information to Purina and your FitBit will be shipping directly from them. Thank you for being a part of The Tiniest Tiger community!

  132. We play every day!

  133. Erica Weaver says

    we stay healthy with eating right healthy organic foods and lots of playtime and excerice

  134. Lisa Reed says

    I feed only canned, all meat, high quality food

  135. Debra Guillen says

    My kitty loves the laser pointer and will run and jump daily when I pull it out. I have been trying to increase my activity and the fitbit would be a great tool for that.

  136. Charlotte Gerber says

    My cats like to take walks with me around our property – it is like a little cat parade every time we go out! I always check to make sure they are all together and no one lags behind. Currently I have 7 cats, so as you can imagine it really does look like a parade!

  137. Patti Schmidt says

    I feed my cats healthy food as well as I and make sure we all get plenty of exercise

  138. Frankie and I often exercise together. I throw a ball, he bats it around, then I run after it and throw it again. Rarely will he bring it to me, but sometimes.
    He also loves to play with his toys. He has the track game, too.

  139. pilch92 . says

    I try to keep my cats active by playing with wand toys. They also get regular vet checks.Great giveaway.