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Feline Obesity

Do you know or suspect that your cat is overweight or obese? If you have a chubby kitty on your hands, you certainly aren’t alone: by some estimates, well over half of our feline friends are overweight or obese! We know, Fluffy may look cute if she’s a bit round, but those extra pounds are very bad for your beloved pet’s health! Below, a Glendale, AZ vet discusses feline obesity.

Health Risks

If your kitty is overweight or obese, she has a higher risk of developing some very dangerous health problems, including heart disease, respiratory issues, diabetes, cancer, kidney trouble, liver issues, skin infections, reproductive problems, and bone/joint problems. Fluffy will also have elevated risks of developing complications after surgery or anesthesia. Being overweight or obese can even shorten your furball’s life expectancy!

Diet

Diet plays a huge role in your cat’s weight. Give your feline friend the best pet food you can afford, but don’t overfeed her: eating just a few too many calories each day can turn your furball into a butterball. Also, avoid going overboard with treats and/or second servings. It may be hard to resist that adorable face, but if Fluffy is getting chubby, that winsome meow could be a trick! Cats sometimes snack when they’re bored, so make sure your furry pal has plenty of fun toys, and that she hasn’t pushed every single one of them under the couch. It’s worth noting that giving your cat only dry food may cause her to gain weight, because many kibble formulas, especially low-quality ones, are high in carbs. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations. If your kitty is getting plump, consult your vet before making any changes to her diet. Cats must lose weight slowly to trim down safely.

Exercise

You’ve probably noticed that our feline friends are rather fond of napping. Actually, sleeping, lounging, relaxing, and dozing are some of Fluffy’s favorite activities. All that rest may keep your furball happy, but it really isn’t helping her waistline! Tempt your sleepy pet into moving by engaging her in fun, interactive play sessions. Use toys you can control, like a wand toy or laser pointer. Even a few minutes a day will be helpful.

Call us, your local Glendale, AZ animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about caring for your feline friend. We’re here to serve all your cat’s veterinary care needs.

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