If your cat is obese, it is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Luckily, this type of diabetes can usually be treated – and controlled – through proper diet and exercise. If your feline has been diagnosed with diabetes, it's important that you take the necessary steps to help your cat regain its health. This includes making changes that will help protect your cat against further harm caused by the disease. In addition to the treatment plan provided by your veterinarian, here are four steps you can take to help your cat get healthy and stay healthy.

Lose the Excess Weight

If your fat cat likes to lounge around the house all day, it's time to get it off its feet. While you can't take your cat out for walks like you would a dog, you can make sure it stays active. One way to do that is to incorporate more play in its daily activities. Find toys that your cat enjoys playing with and spend a few minutes each day interacting with it. The more active your cat gets, the easier it will be to shed those extra pounds.

Add Some Fiber

If your cat has been on the same diet for a while, now's a good time to look at the fiber content. Cats need extra fiber to help them process carbohydrates at a slower rate. High-fiber diets also help keep your cat's blood sugar levels at an even range. Talk to your veterinarian about cat foods that are high in fiber. Another way to add fiber to your cat's diet is to add a bit of pumpkin to its food each day.

Change the Meal Routine

If your cat is used to eating one or two large meals each day, it might be eating more between-meal snacks. You can maintain your cat's blood sugar level, and reduce between-meal snacking, by switching the routine to several smaller meals throughout the day.

Stick to the Medication Schedule

If your cat has been prescribed medication to control its diabetes, it's important that you stick to the medication schedule. Choose a time to give your cat its medication and then administer it at the same time each day. Sticking to the same schedule each day will help keep your cat's blood sugar levels consistent.

Now that your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, you'll need to work closely with the veterinarian to help get it under control. The tips provided here will help you keep your cat happy and healthy.