Kitty Obesity

Have you noticed your feline buddy getting a bit round lately? Is Fluffy not just fluffy? If so, your furry friend is in good company. Over 50% of adult cats are overweight or obese! A Michigan City, IN vet discusses chubby cats in this article.

Causes

We certainly have our share of chubby patients. There are several reasons for this. First, many kitties have their humans firmly wrapped their paws, and more or less have them trained to feed them on demand. We know, Fluffy is adorable, but it’s better to spoil her with catnip, toys, and affection than with food. Overfeeding is another reason. Even giving your furball just ten calories a day too much can cause her to pack on a pound a year. That’s a lot for a kitty! Exercise also plays a role. Kittens are of course very active and playful, but older cats tend to get, well, rather lazy.

Dangers of Obesity

We know, fat cats are really cute. That may be one reason so many people allow their pets to get pudgy. Unfortunately, those extra pounds are very bad for Fluffy’s health. Obese cats face many of the same health risks as obese people do, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory issues, bone and joint problems, reproductive issues, and even certain cancers. Obesity can affect your furry buddy’s quality of life, by making it more difficult to run, jump, and play. It can even shorten her lifespan!

Helping Fluffy Slim Down

If you have a furry little butterball on your hands, the first thing you’ll want to do is consult your vet and get some specific advice on what she should be eating. It’s worth noting that sometimes medical problems can cause obesity. You’ll want to get Fluffy examined to rule out any potential health issues. The next thing is to adjust your kitty’s diet. Your feline friend will need to lose weight slowly to do so safely. Crash diets will wreak havoc with Fluffy’s metabolism.

Keeping Kitty Healthy

It’s always best to keep cats at a healthy weight, rather than put them on a diet. Weighing Fluffy regularly will help you monitor her weight. Keeping your pet active is also important. Offer your kitty lots of fun toys, and take time to play with her regularly.

Please reach out to us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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