Neutered cats and dogs are more prone to put on weight, since the neuteration causes hormonal changes that affect the metabolism. Although neutering our pets is beneficial for them, because it improves their quality of life, and prevents health issues like breast or testicular tumors, womb infections, and behavioral problems, we should bear in mind the side effects. In the case of cats, in addition to the tendency to gain weight, there might also appear stones and crystals in the urine.
Both the tendency to put on weight, and urinary stones can be prevented by giving our pets the right food, containing the essential nutrients, and elements to reduce fat accumulation and keep the urinary tract healthy.
If you would rather give them home-made food, either because they are used to it and refuse fodder, or for financial reasons, we recommend:
- To increase the proportion of proteins, for instance giving them chicken, or other kinds of white meat — except when the animal has renal problems: in that case, controlling the good functioning of the kidneys is more important than preventing obesity, so you must reduce proteins.
- To reduce the proportion of carbohydrates (rice).
- To increase the amount of fibre by adding cooked vegetables: grated carrot, asparagus, spinach, green beans …
We can try different things, and see what our pets like best, or if one ingredient agrees with them more than others, thus adjusting the recipe until we find the best combination.
The most advisable, in any case, is giving them commercial formulae prepared specifically for neutered cats and dogs, since they are clinically tested, and their benefits proven.
Among the available options, in Veterinos we recommend the new line of food for neutered dogs and cats VetEssentials, by Hill’s. There are different choices for large, medium-sized and small dogs, and for cats several kinds of fodder and pouches based on the age.
The line VetEssentials for neutered animals is formulated with a controlled mineral content, and the right pH to burn fat, and keep the urinal tract healthy. This line also helps eliminate the bacterial plaque, and prevent tartar.
An advantage of Hill’s products is that this company offers a satisfaction guarantee: if your dog or cat doesn’t like it, or it doesn’t meet expectations, you can return it.
The veterinary physiological line by Royal Canin for neutered animals has also a very high quality. They produce several kinds of food for neutered dogs based on the the size and age of the dog, and as well as food for neutered cats. A third option in his line, in Spain, is the food for neutered cats with special needs regarding the care of skin and hair (in Spanish).