More than half of all domestic felines in America are considered overweight or obese, an unfortunate trend that continues to climb. With our own species hovering dangerously close to the same statistic, it’s time for all of us to get motivated.
When signs of feline obesity are recognized early on, the future is brighter and happier. But what does feline obesity really look like? It’s not uncommon for a cat owner to be surprised by the diagnosis; nevertheless, when it’s understood how to support weight loss, everyone benefits.
Assessing Physical Characteristics
Take a look at your cat’s body size and shape:
- Can you see a clearly defined waist?
- Does your cat have trouble reaching certain areas of the body to properly groom?
- Is moderate to excessive abdominal fat noticeable?
Depending on your answers, it may be time to act.
While feline obesity can develop for many reasons, such as genetics or lack of exercise, it’s simply the result of overfeeding. Whether it’s overindulging in tasty treats or purchasing the wrong food for your cat, too many calories every day can add up to decreased quality of life – and lifespan.
Feline obesity significantly reduces a cat’s overall comfort and happiness, but it can also contribute to the following illnesses and chronic conditions:
- Compromised immune system
- Urinary problems
- Fatty liver disease
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- High blood pressure
Prevention is Key
Early weight gain can be extremely subtle, but even an extra pound can be detrimental. Because it’s easier to put on weight than to shed it, prevention is the obvious key.
Getting your cat on the right food is a great place to start, and we’re happy to help you explore your options and to measure out accurate portions. Your cat’s current weight, age, lifestyle, and activity level contribute to the right product choice. Prescription diets are proven to combat feline obesity, and we may discuss Hill’s Science Diet for your cat’s special nutritional needs.
A Bright Future
Besides providing the right food for your cat’s meals, you can also prevent feline obesity by limiting treats and making play time more fun and physical.
Invest in a cat tree or purchase a laser toy to get your cat racing around. There are also various puzzle toys that encourage physical and mental stimulation.
The risks of feline obesity are very real, and our staff members are committed to helping your cat reach his or her ideal weight. Working together for your cat’s future is our primary concern. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you and your cat soon!