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Kitty Obesity

Is your cat getting a bit round? Do you have a furry little butterball on your hands? Many people love to pamper their pets, and often indulge their feline pals by giving them lots of food and snacks. This may get Fluffy’s motor going, but in the long run, overfeeding her will do more harm than good. Obesity is just as dangerous for pets as it is for people! Read on as a local Chattanooga, TN vet discusses chubby cats.

Health Risks

Extra pounds can cause or contribute to some pretty severe medical problems in kitties. Cats that are overweight or obese have elevated risks of heart disease, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, bone and joint issues, respiratory trouble, skin problems, and reproductive difficulties. Fluffy will also be more susceptible to certain cancers, and more likely to have complications after surgery. That additional weight will even shorten your pet’s life expectancy! Ask your vet for more information.

Diet

Although age and genetics can both contribute to kitty obesity, diet and exercise are the two biggest factors that determine Fluffy’s weight. While it’s important to offer your cat nourishing, high-quality food, you don’t want to overfeed her. Begging is a bit of an issue here. Many of our feline patients basically have their people trained to feed them on demand. Don’t let your cat boss you around! Serving size is another issue. Even giving your cute pet ten extra calories a day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That’s a lot for a little furball! Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Keeping Kitty Fit

As you may have noticed, Fluffy isn’t very dedicated to her workout regimen. In fact, our drowsy feline friends spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing! Of course, you probably won’t have much luck getting your furry buddy onto a treadmill, unless it’s off and she just wants to sleep on it. You may need to more or less trick your cat into staying active. Offer your furball lots of fun toys, and take time playing with her every day. Your kitty will also benefit from having some pet furniture that encourages her to jump and climb. (Tip: cat towers are great for this!)

Do you know or suspect that your cat needs to lose weight? Call us, your local Chattanooga, TN pet hospital, today. We are happy to help!

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