Liquid vitamins on their own won't necessarily help your adult cat gain weight. However, they can help ensure he is getting enough nutrients. So they'll help prevent malnourishment and correct deficiencies that may be contributing to weight loss. Liquid vitamins are often easy to administer than pills.
Liquid Vitamin Functions
Vitamins perform a wide range of functions that allow the body to perform in optimal ways. Liquid vitamins are easy to administer, they're more absorbable than many pills, and they often come in palatable flavors. There is no evidence that vitamins alone contribute to weight gain. However, deficiencies or excesses can contribute to health problems, including weight gain or loss. Therefore, ensuring your adult cat has proper intake of all nutrients, including liquid vitamins, can increase the chances of him getting to the best weight.
Reasons for Weight Issues
Reasons why an adult cat might be losing weight, or not gaining enough, are plentiful. He might have intestinal issues, parasites, malnourishment or a disease. He might be getting toward the end of adulthood and into his senior years. He may be under stress. All of these factors can diminish appetite or the body's performance, leading to weight loss. So before looking at liquid vitamins, visit your vet and address any treatments that might help him put on the necessary weight.
Deficient calorie or vitamin intake can contribute to malnourishment, leading to weight loss. Purchasing foods that include an adequate level of all vitamins, or adding a liquid multivitamin to your cat's home-cooked meals can help ensure he's not deficient in any one particular vitamin. Also, certain vitamin deficiencies can contribute specifically to weight problems in cats. For example, deficiency in the B-vitamins niacin and folic acid can cause weight loss, anemia and appetite loss. Magnesium deficiency can slow weight gain.
Incorporating Liquid Vitamins
Try squirting liquid vitamins onto your adult cat's food. Or, to get an entire dose into him at once, administer liquid vitamins by mouth. To avoid tummy upset and increase absorption, give vitamins after your cat has eaten. Administer the dose into the pouch between your cat's teeth and cheek area, then gently hold his mouth closed and stroke his neck until he swallows. Don't tilt his head back or squirt into his throat, as he can choke.
Sarah Whitman's work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, websites and informational booklets. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in nutrition, and her projects feature nutrition and cooking, whole foods, supplements and organics. She also specializes in companion animal health, encouraging the use of whole foods, supplements and other holistic approaches to pet care.