Kitty Obesity

Did you know that well over half of our feline buddies are overweight or obese? Though some cats do gain weight because of medical issues, overeating and lack of exercise are the two main causes of obesity in kitties. Genetics and age can also play roles. However, while chubby cats are definitely very cute, those extra pounds are very bad for their health! Read on as a Portage, MI vet discusses obesity in kitties.

Health Risks

Pudgy pets face some very serious health problems! Heart disease, diabetes, liver and kidney issues, bone/joint problems, and skin trouble are a few of the most common ones. Cats that are obese also have greater risks of having complications after surgery and/or anesthesia. Plus, they are more likely to have trouble reproducing. Obesity will also increase your cute pet’s odds of developing certain cancers, and can even shorten her lifespan!

Feeding Fluffy

Did you know that even giving your kitty just ten calories too many each day can cause her to gain a pound a year? That’s a lot for a little furball! Pay close attention to your feline pal’s portion sizes. It’s also worth mentioning that cats who only eat kibble may be more likely to gain weight than kitties who eat wet food or a mix. This is because many dry food formulas, especially lower-quality ones, contain lots of carb-heavy fillers, like wheat. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Kitty Aerobics

If you tell Fluffy to run laps around the kitchen, she’ll probably just look at you, yawn, and settle down for a nap. You may need to more or less trick your furball into moving. Offer feline friend lots of toys, as well as some cat furniture that encourages her to stay active. We also recommend playing with your cat every day. Use a toy that you can control, like a laser pointer or wand toy, to really get your pet up and moving.

Helping Your Pet Lose Weight

Do you have a fluffy little butterball on your hands? Consult your vet before making any changes to your cat’s diet. Never, ever put your kitty on a crash diet. This is very bad for feline metabolism, and could make your cute pet very sick!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Portage, MI pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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