Over 90% of cats in the UK are neutered1, with the procedure widely recognised as beneficial to feline health.
But neutering results in certain physiological changes which need addressing through diet. So Royal Canin now offer a comprehensive programme of Sterilised diets to help keep neutered cats in optimum health and condition, at every stage of their life.
Royal Canin were the first to recognise that neutered cats could benefit from a special diet. Of course, neutering is strongly recommended as a responsible choice for cat owners, helping reduce numbers of unwanted kittens and generally resulting in a calmer, more affectionate, easier to live with pet. And many owners don’t realise that it will benefit their cat’s health too, through a reduced risk of injuries and certain diseases, potentially doubling its life expectancy2.
However, the hormonal changes resulting from neutering affect a cat’s metabolism almost immediately. While they need less energy, they actually want to eat more as they are less able to regulate their appetite. Together, these changes mean that if a cat is left to feed ad lib it would increase its body weight by 30% within just four months of neutering.In fact, the risk of obesity is more than tripled when a cat is neutered3 and, of course, the risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes increases too.
These changes result in some very particular nutritional needs. So, in addition to their Veterinary Care Nutrition range for neutered cats, available from veterinary practices, Royal Canin now offer a Sterilised nutritional programme through specialist pet retailers too. There is a product for every stage of the neutered cat’s life - Kitten Sterilised, from 6 months, accounts for the different energy needs after neutering but still helps to support healthy growth and natural defences. Sterilised Appetite Control, for adult cats from 12 months, helps satisfy appetite and support a healthy urinary system too. Sterilised Appetite Control 7+ is adapted to mature cats over theage of 7 and Sterilised 12+ helps support the ageing process for cats over 12.
These new diets help owners address the changes in their cats’ metabolism from the start, and help to maintain optimum body weight through a reduced energy density along with high levels of quality protein and l-carnitine to help preserve lean muscle mass. A special blend of fibres helps to satisfy appetite and reduce over-eating. The neutered cat’s sensitive urinary health is also supported too.
Neutering is one of the most responsible decisions a cat owner can make but so many owners worry that it will cause their cat to become overweight. However, with the right diet and management owners can help keep their cats just as fit and sleek as they were before.
Owners should contact their vet for specific advice and information about neutering and weight management.
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1.Murray JK, Roberts M A,Whitmarsh A, Gruffydd-Jones TJ. Survey of the characteristics of cats owned by households in the UK and factors affecting their neutered status. Vet Rec. 2009Jan 31;164(5):137-41.
2. Kraft W, Geriatrics incanine and feline internal medicine, Eur J med Res, 1009, Vol 3, 31, 41
3. Scarlett JM and DonoghueS. Associations between body condition and disease in cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc1998. 212 (11), 1725-1731