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Obesity in Cats

Is your cat sleeping right now? There’s a good chance that the answer to that question is yes. Kitties certainly are drowsy little furballs! While Fluffy’s napping predilection is adorable, it does make it easy for her to pack on pounds. We certainly have our share of pudgy patients! Although we can’t deny that chubby cats are cute, unfortunately, they face some very serious health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Here, a Bee Cave, TX vet discusses feline obesity.

Feeding The Furball

Offer your feline pal high-quality, nourishing food, but don’t go overboard with fatty treats. Also, pay attention to portion sizes: giving your cat even a few calories too many can cause her to gain weight. Treats are fine, but don’t let your furball manipulate you into overindulging her. If Fluffy is, well, not just fluffy, that cute meow could be a lie! It’s worth noting that kitties who get kibble may be more prone to gaining weight than cats who eat wet food. This is because dry food sometimes contains lots of carb-heavy fillers, which can contribute to weight gain. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Fluffy’s Workout

Kitties are very frisky and playful when they’re young, but they slow down as they age, and will eventually spend more time napping than playing. Of course, if you tell Fluffy to run laps around the kitchen, she’ll probably just yawn and start licking her paws. You may have to more or less trick her into moving. Offer her lots of fun toys to pounce on, and play with her every day. Even just spending a few minutes a day chasing after that pesky red dot will be beneficial. We also recommend getting some cat furniture that encourages climbing and jumping, such as a cat tower.

Keeping Kitty Trim

If you know or suspect that Fluffy is overweight, schedule a veterinary appointment ASAP. While, in most cases, diet and exercise control your cat’s weight, sometimes medical issues can cause weight gain. You’ll also want to get some specific advice on your kitty’s nutritional needs. Never adjust your pet’s menu without consulting your vet. Just like people, cats must lose weight slowly to trim down without compromising their health. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Bee Cave, TX pet hospital, today!

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