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Cats and Obesity

One issue vets are seeing more and more often with cats is obesity. Some vets report seeing more chubby pets than they do those at a normal weight. It’s quite easy for pet owners to unintentionally let their furballs become obese. You may be giving treats to your Indianapolis cat with only the best intentions, and we admit that your kitty might look really cute if she’s a little round, but in actuality, obesity can be quite dangerous for your cat’s health.

Cats aren’t designed to have an excess of food. Nature doesn’t provide all-you-can-eat buffets. When Kitty lived in the wild, she burned a lot of calories hunting her dinner. Domestication hasn’t changed cats physically. There is no difference between a feral cat and a housecat, other than circumstance. A housecat isn’t going to burn nearly the calories a wild cat would, but that won’t stop them from overindulging.

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to cats and obesity:

Food

Fluffy can be very good at persuading you to open another can of food for her, or top off her half-full dry food bowl. Whether you give your cat wet food, dry food, or both, you’ll want to keep an eye on Kitty’s portion sizes. Check with your vet about your cat’s nutritional needs and for serving recommendations, and rather than fill the bowl each time it empties, give your feline friend the correct and measured amount at set times. We know your furball might be very good at convincing you that she’s really, really hungry, but if she’s overweight, don’t fall for it.

Treats

Cats are sometimes almost unbearably cute, and they, like dogs, have a way of wrapping us around their little paws, especially when it comes to treats. Don’t let that cute little meow sway you into giving your feline friend extra treats. Spoil your cat with toys and attention rather than kibbles.

Diet

If your kitty is overweight, it’s up to you to take steps to bring her back to a normal weight. Fluffy isn’t likely to order pizza while you’re at work, and she probably won’t be getting into the cookie jar either. You’re in complete control of what she eats. For a cat that is healthy, aside from being overweight, a long-term plan for slow and steady weight loss is best. Never put your cat on a crash diet; this can be very dangerous for felines. Kitty’s metabolism could crash if she fasts, which can result in serious medical issues.

If your furry buddy is getting a bit too round, check with your Indianapolis vet for advice on getting Kitty back to a healthy size.

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