Obesity in Cats

Did you know that obesity is one of the most common issues we see in cats? Over half of our feline buddies are overweight! In this article, a St. Vital, Manitoba vet discusses kitty obesity.

Health Risks

Chubby kitties are certainly adorable, but they face some very serious health risks. Those extra pounds will increase Fluffy’s risks of developing some very dangerous medical issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, bone/joint problems, respiratory issues, and liver and kidney problems. Cats that are obese also are at higher risks of having trouble reproducing, and are more likely to have complications from surgery or anesthesia. They even have a shorter life expectancy than felines who stay at or near their ideal weight.

Feeding Fluffy

Fluffy’s diet plays a huge role in her overall weight. This is where kitties’ ability to wrap their humans around their paws becomes relevant. Some of our feline overlords have a habit of devouring their food, and then demanding more. We know, it’s hard to resist those plaintive meows, but don’t overindulge your cute pet. Pay close attention to serving sizes: even giving your furball a few calories too many each day can cause her to gain weight. It’s also important to offer your furry buddy a high-quality, premium pet food. If you know or suspect that your kitty needs to trim down, consult your vet before changing her diet. Sudden drops in caloric intake are very bad for cat’s metabolism, and could make your pet very ill. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.

Keeping Kitties Fit

Proper activity will help keep your feline friend from getting too chubby. Of course, you probably won’t have much luck getting Fluffy to run laps around the dining room, so you may need to more or less trick her into staying active. Offer your furball lots of fun toys to pounce on, and take time to play with her every day. Even a few minutes of pouncing and jumping will be beneficial. We also recommend getting your cat some pet furniture that encourages her to jump and climb, such as a cat tower. You can even try walking your kitty on a leash! Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your cat’s diet? Please contact us, your St. Vital, Manitoba vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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