Obesity in Cats

Did you know that well over half of our feline friends are overweight or obese? We know, chubby cats can be quite cute, but pets that are overweight or obese face many serious health risks. Fluffy will be much better off if she is at or near her ideal weight! In this article, a local Haleyville, AL vet discusses obesity in cats.

Obesity Risks

Kitties that are overweight or obese can develop many dangerous medical problems, including heart disease, respiratory issues, diabetes, cancer, kidney and/or liver trouble, and skin problems. If Fluffy is overweight, she is also at a greater risk of having post-surgical complications, and could have reproductive issues.

Fluffy’s Workout Routine

Exercise plays a large role in your cat’s weight. Of course, given how sleepy our feline friends can be, it can be a bit challenging to get kitties up and moving. Needless to say, Fluffy probably doesn’t have workout time figured into her busy daily schedule of naps, meals, grooming, and cuddles! Therefore, it’s up to you to tempt your pet into staying active by playing with her daily. Even a few minutes of pouncing on a toy mouse will help.

Feeding The Furball

Make sure your kitty is getting a high-quality, nourishing diet, but don’t go overboard with fatty treats or snacks. It’s also important to pay attention to your pet’s portion sizes: even overfeeding your cat by just a little bit each day can cause Fluffy to pack on a pound or more each year. Cats sometimes snack out of boredom, so we also recommend making sure your feline friend has lots of entertainment options. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Helping Your Pet Trim Down

Do you have a furry little butterball on your hands? If so, you’ll want to be sure to talk to your vet before making any changes to your kitty’s diet. In order for your feline pal to lose weight without compromising her health, she’ll need to take those extra pounds off slowly. Crash diets are just as dangerous for cats as they are for people, if not more so. If you cut your pet’s food intake too quickly, she could get very sick!

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or diet? We are here to help! Please feel free to reach out to us, your local Haleyville, AL animal hospital, anytime.

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