Did you that obesity is one of the most common health problems in cats? Some studies suggest that more than half of our feline friends are overweight or obese! While we won’t deny that fat cats are adorable, those extra pounds can really wreak havoc on Fluffy’s health. Below, a Webster, NY vet discusses obesity in cats.
If your kitty is overweight, she could face some very serious health problems, such as heart disease, liver trouble, diabetes, respiratory issues, skin problems, reproductive trouble, bone/joint issues, and even cancer. Obese cats also have a higher risk of having complications after surgery, and may have shorter life expectancy than cats that are close to their ideal weights.
Causes of Obesity
Cats can gain weight for several reasons. Fluffy’s fondness for naps plays a major role in feline obesity: your pet’s sleeping predilection may be adorable, but it isn’t really helping her waistline. Kitties sometimes gain weight as they age, because they often become less active in their golden years. Feeding your furball only dry food can also cause her to gain weight, because many dry food formulas, especially lower-quality ones, are high in carbs. Overfeeding is another issue: just giving your feline buddy a few calories too many each day can cause her to pack on the pounds. Occasionally, a medical condition can make a cat gain weight. If you aren’t sure why your kitty is getting, well, a bit round, consult your vet.
Keeping Kitty Fit
Physical activity plays a huge role in your cat’s weight. Make sure your feline buddy has lots of fun toys to smack around, and take time to play with her every day. Use toys that you control, like a laser pointer, to really pique Fluffy’s interest and get her moving. We also recommend getting your pet a piece of furniture that promotes activity, such as a cat tree or tower.
Helping Your Cat Trim Down
Crash diets are just as bad for cats as they are for people! If you have a furry little butterball on your hands, consult your vet before making any changes to her diet. Fluffy will need to lose weight slowly to trim down safely.
Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health, diet, or care? Do you know or suspect that your cat is overweight? Call us, your Webster, NY animal clinic, today!