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Obesity in Cats

Have you noticed that your kitty is harder to pick up than she once was? Is Fluffy, well, not just fluffy? If you have a chubby pet on your hands, you’re certainly in good company: more than half of our feline pals are obese or overweight. Read on as a Somerville, MA vet discusses kitty obesity.

Dangers of Obesity

While we can’t deny that fat cats are cute, unfortunately, they also face several serious health issues. Those extra pounds increase Fluffy’s chances of developing some very dangerous medical problems, including heart disease, liver and kidney trouble, bone/joint issues, reproductive problems, respiratory issues, and even certain types of cancer. Your pet will be much healthier at or near her ideal weight!

Feeding Fluffy

As we all know, cats are almost impossibly cute. It can be hard to resist that furry face! However, if your kitty is constantly begging for food, but is starting to look suspiciously round, that meow could be a lie. Pay close attention to portion control: even giving Fluffy just a few extra calories a day can turn your furball into a butterball. It’s also worth noting that cats who only eat dry food may be more likely to gain weight than kitties who get wet food or a mix. This is because kibble often contains lots of fillers, such as wheat and corn. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Kitty Workouts

Cats are notoriously drowsy. Fluffy can sleep up to 20 hours a day! However, you probably won’t have much luck telling your furball to do stair runs. You may have to more or less trick your pet into staying active. Offer your kitty lots of toys, as well as cat furniture that encourages her to jump and climb. We also recommend playing with your furry friend daily, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Helping Fluffy Slim Down

If you have a pudgy pet, ask your vet for advice on helping her lose weight. Just like people, cats must slim down at a slow, steady rate to drop pounds safely. Never, ever put your feline buddy on a crash diet. This is very bad for Fluffy’s metabolism, and could make her very sick!

Do you have a furry little butterball on your hands? Contact us, your Somerville, MA animal clinic, today! We are dedicated to keeping our feline patients happy and healthy!

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