Did you know that obesity is one of the most common health issues our animal companions face? We definitely see our fair share of chubby felines. Read on as a local Downey, CA vet discusses—you guessed it—fat cats.
Obesity is—literally—a big problem among our furry patients. In fact, over half of pet cats are overweight or obese. While kitties still look adorable if they’re, well, a bit chubby, those extra pounds can be very bad for your pet’s health. Fluffy will be much healthier if she is at (or at least near) her ideal weight.
Just like with people, Fluffy’s weight is in large part determined by what she eats. Serving sizes are very important here. Even overfeeding your little buddy by as little as ten calories a day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That’s a lot for a kitty! Ask your vet for advice on portion control.
It’s worth mentioning that cats are very good at convincing us to give them treats. It’s hard to resist that plaintive meow! Just remind yourself that you really aren’t doing your cute pet any favors by overfeeding her. Treat your furry pal with cuddles, toys, or catnip, rather than snacks.
Keeping your feline buddy active will also help her stay trim. Of course, you can’t exactly tell Fluffy to start doing stair runs. Play sessions are going to be your best bet here. Give your furball lots of toys, and take time to play with her daily. It will also help to set out lots of furniture for her to climb and explore.
It’s worth noting that sometimes cats gain weight because of medical issues. If your furry friend seems to be rapidly gaining weight, and you aren’t quite sure why, have your vet examine her to rule out potential health problems.
Do you have a furry little butterball on your hands? Be sure to check with your vet before making any changes to your kitty’s diet. Sudden changes in caloric intake are very bad for our feline pals. This can actually cause a lot of problems with your pet’s metabolism, and could end up making her very sick!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Downey, CA pet clinic, we’re here to help!