Obesity in Cats

Is your cat getting a bit heavier lately? Does your kitty make a loud thud when she jumps off the couch? If so, Fluffy may be, well, not just fluffy. Obesity is very common in our feline pals. While we can’t honestly deny that pudgy pets are adorable, that extra weight is very, very bad for your kitty’s health. Read on as a local Lafayette, LA vet discusses obesity in cats.

Signs of Obesity

Sometimes, it can be very obvious when a cat is overweight. Fluffy kitties often look heavier than they are, though, so it can be harder to tell if long-haired kitties are obese. Here’s a quick test: touch your pet’s sides. If you can’t feel your furball’s ribs, or can just barely feel them, you may have a furry little butterball on your hands.

Dangers of Obesity

All joking aside, there are some very serious health problems associated with obesity in cats. Chubby kitties are at higher risk of developing heart disease, respiratory issues, liver and kidney trouble, and even certain types of cancer. Those extra pounds also put additional strain on Fluffy’s bones and joints, and can increase her chances of having difficulty reproducing, developing post-surgical complications, and/or getting skin conditions.

Feeding The Furball

Many of our feline patients have their owners firmly wrapped around their paws, especially when it comes to food. We know, it’s hard to resist that adorable furry face or those plaintive requests for tidbits. However, if your cat is getting chubby, that cute meow could be a lie. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations. You’ll want to get professional advice on choosing cat food, portion sizes, and, of course, suitable snacks.

Keeping Kitty Fit

Exercise is also an important part of your kitty’s care regimen. Of course, you probably won’t be able to convince your feline pal to do laps around the living room. Trick Fluffy into staying active by offering her lots of fun toys, and playing with her regularly.

Cat Diets

If your cat is getting chunky, talk to your vet and get some professional advice on putting your furball on a diet. Never, ever put your kitty on a crash diet: this is very bad for Fluffy’s metabolism, and could make her very sick!

Please contact us, your Lafayette, LA animal hospital, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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