Obesity in Cats

Did you know that October 7th is officially National Pet Obesity Awareness Day? Obesity is actually one of the most common health issues our feline friends face. Fluffy may look adorable if she’s, well, not just fluffy, but your pet will be much healthier if she stays at or near her ideal weight. Read on as a local Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses obesity in cats.

Health Risks

Chubby kitties face some very dangerous health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, certain kinds of cancer, skin trouble, respiratory issues, and liver or kidney problems. Additionally, they have elevated risks of having post-surgical complications, and may have trouble reproducing. Those extra pounds also put extra stress on Fluffy’s bones and joints, which can increase her chances of developing painful bone/joint trouble, like arthritis.

Diet

Your cat’s diet plays a crucial role in her weight. Portion size is very important here: just giving Fluffy ten calories too many each day can turn your furball into a butterball! It’s worth mentioning that kitties who eat only dry food may be more likely to become obese than those who eat wet food or a mixture of both. This is because many kibble formulas, especially low-quality ones, are very high in carbs. Treats are another issue. While some finicky felines don’t show much interest in snacks, some cats will eat pretty much anything. Don’t overindulge your furry overlord with fatty treats. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice, including portion sizes and suitable snacks.

Exercise

Cats may be super playful when they’re little, but as they age, they tend to become champion nappers. Actually, our feline friends can sleep up to 20 hours a day! Offer your furry pal a kitty tower, which will promote climbing and jumping. Also, make sure Fluffy has lots of fun toys to bat around, and play with her regularly.

Helping Kitty Lose Weight

Do you have a pudgy pet on your hands? Consult your vet before making any changes to Fluffy’s diet. It’s important to rule out any possible medical causes for your cat’s obesity. You’ll also want to get professional advice for your furball’s dietary needs. Just like people, cats must lose weight slowly in order to stay healthy while slimming down.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO veterinary clinic, anytime!