Obesity in Cats

Obesity in Cats

Did you know that obesity is one of the most common health problems in cats? In fact, well over half of our feline friends are, well, on the pudgy side. Many pet parents think their furballs look cute with that extra weight, not realizing that being obese or overweight poses serious health risks to their beloved pets. Read on as a local Flint, MI vet discusses obesity in cats.

Health Risks of Obesity

Being overweight can cause many of the same health problems in cats as it does in people. Those extra pounds can increase your kitty’s risks of developing dangerous medical problems, such as heart disease, respiratory problems, kidney and/or liver problems, diabetes, and even cancer. If Fluffy is, well, not just fluffy, she is also at a higher risk of having complications after surgery or anesthesia, and of developing painful bone/joint issues, such as arthritis.

Causes of Obesity

It’s no secret that our feline friends are extremely fond of napping. The fact that cats spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping definitely plays a big role in feline obesity. Overfeeding is another issue. Just giving Fluffy a few calories too many each day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That is quite a bit for a kitty! Cats that only get dry food may be more likely to become obese than those who eat wet food. This is because many dry cat food formulas, especially lower-quality ones, include a lot of carbohydrates.

Keeping Fluffy Trim

You may not be able to convince your furball to run laps up and down the hall, but there are some things you can do to keep her active. Play with your feline pal every day. Pick toys that you control, like a little stuffed bird on a string, to really get Fluffy interested and moving. Offer your pet plenty of fun playthings to keep her occupied when she’s alone, so she doesn’t snack out of boredom. Feeding your kitty a good diet is also very important. Never put your cat on a crash diet. If your pet does need to lose weight, she’ll need to take off those extra pounds slowly. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including portion sizes and suitable treats.

Do you have a chubby cat on your hands? We can help! Please contact us, your Flint, MI animal clinic, anytime.

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