Even though the site of a portly cat might make us say “aww,” obesity in pets takes a serious toll on their health and longevity. You may like to think your cat is just a little fluffy, but there are repercussions to cats carrying too much weight that you need to know about. Since obesity in cats is alarmingly common, the team at Mobile Vet MD is here with the facts about the risks associated with having a little too much cat to love:
Effects of Cat Obesity
Roughly 60 percent of all cats in the United States are considered overweight or obese. While their ancestors were burning calories fending for themself in the wild, most house cats spend most of the day lounging in the sunniest spots in the house, which can explain a few extra pounds. Carrying around excess weight does have an impact on the health of your furry friend, however.
Here are a few of the common secondary conditions resulting from obesity:
- Arthritis and mobility problems
- Heart disease and hypertension
- Urinary bladder stones
- More prone to heat intolerance and heat stroke
- Liver disease
Not only are these diseases incredibly harmful for our cat companions, but they are costly to treat. Luckily, feeding your pet the right food and watching their diet prevents these diseases caused by obesity. We can work with you to determine a healthy weight for your favorite feline and, if necessary, help you start them on a diet to lose a few pounds.
Overweight Cats Need Portion Control and Exercise
Once you know your cat needs to shed a few pounds, you have to help them drop weight slowly. Losing too much weight too fast can lead to other health issues. We will recommend a good quality diet that allows for gradual weight loss.
Another important aspect of keeping your cat at the correct weight is exercise. Most cats don’t get enough daily exercise and enrichment activities each day. To add more movement to your cat’s day, buy some interactive toys, such as a laser pointer or feather toy. Ensure that your kitty gets at least 30 minutes of exercise each day through toys and activities designed to get them moving and engaged physically.
We hope you have a clearer understanding of the facts of overweight cats. While we love our fluffy friends, no matter what, keeping them at a healthy weight enhances their lives. If you would like information on cat obesity or to schedule a wellness appointment, call us at (732) 387‑7977.