Feeding Tips for Pets on Diet

If you’re changing your pet’s food to Hill’s Prescription Diet recommended for weight loss we recommend the following:

  • Introduce the new food gradually. Over a 7 day period, mix your pet’s previous food with increasing proportions of the new food, until only the new food is being fed. Any sudden or drastic change in food can result in refusal to eat and tummy upsets.

  • Ensure that you stick to the recommended daily allowance of food as directed by your vet. It helps to weigh and divide the daily allowance into several meals for the most efficient weight loss, at the beginning of the day, to avoid accidental overfeeding. Just a few extra kibbles can make a difference.

  • Avoid feeding table scraps - they are inappropriate for pets (most especially those on a weight loss programme) because they are nutritionally unbalanced, have high salt and high fat levels and promote begging and fussy eating habits. Opt for healthy, low-calorie snacks if you would like to treat your pet to something extra.

  • If you have other pets that are not on the Slimmer Programme it is best to feed them separately. Cats can be particularly difficult especially if they’re used to free feeding. Some great tricks have been submitted by previous slimmer participants to keep Slimmer’s away from the ‘normal’ food. One owner made an entrance in a cardboard box (which she then placed over the food) that only the thinner cat was able to fit through. Another suggestion is to place your other cat’s food up on a higher level that would take too much effort on the Slimmer’s part to get to.

  • Don’t leave any food lying around and watch out for sneaky tactics! A previous participant caught her dog stealing avocados straight off the tree. Another had to ‘child-proof’ her fridge and freezer when she discovered Australian Cattle dog had learnt how to open them to access unnecessary treats!