Feline Obesity: An Epidemic of Fat Cats

feline obesity an epidemic of fat catsFeline obesity might make your fat cat look cute. But did you know that your cat’s weight could actually be causing serious health issues? It’s hard to resist feeding your feline when they beg, or to offer treats because, well, they just like them, and we want to please them. But, there’s a chance your indulgence could cause problems for your cat’s overall health.

Obesity: Health Risks in Overweight or Obese Cats

If your cat is a bit plump, you’re not alone — according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary medicine, the most common nutritional disorder in domestic felines is obesity.

Over-feeding your kitty can have some very serious consequences, including:

Diabetes

Surprisingly, your cat’s obesity causes more disease than obesity in dogs. If your cat is obese, they are much more prone to diabetes, an expensive and difficult condition to treat. Reducing your cat’s weight is a positive step toward reducing the risk your cat will deal with as they become older.

Urinary Problems

Sometimes kitty might miss the litter box. Or spray on laundry. One of the most concerning issues many cat caretakers deal with is urinary issues. While there are many reasons a cat might be avoiding their litter box, weight can play into it. Maintaining an appropriate weight for their age during your cat’s life will reduce their risk dealing with a lower urinary tract disease. When your kitty bears a normal weight they will be more active, have less stress, and lead a more fulfilling life.

Osteoarthritis

Cats, dogs and people can all suffer from arthritic pain. As cats age they are less flexible and less able to groom themselves due to weight issues the stress put on their joints during attempts at grooming. A plump cat also finds it hard to jump up and down to the food bowl.

Hidden Conditions

Your kitty might look might look fit and healthy, but she might be hiding numerous health issues due to her weight. Some of the things your cat might be dealing with are diabetes, GI disease and pancreatitis. Getting your cat to an optimal weight will help them avoid those diseases. As a cat caretaker, it’s entirely up to you. Your cat can’t open a bag of food or use a can opener on their own. They don’t buy and dole out snack treats. As a pet caretaker, it’s your responsibility to take care to meet – and not exceed – their nutritional needs. When your feline is overweight they can suffer from skin infections and deal with issues such as matted hair due to reduced grooming abilities.

Other issues your overweight cat can suffer from include:

  • Respiratory and breathing issues
  • Bladder infection
  • Issues with anesthesia and surgery
  • Cancer
  • Hepatic lipidosis, a serious liver condition known as “fatty liver”.

Obesity in cats has been linked to incontinence, heart disease, heat intolerance, difficulty giving birth, and reduced immune function.

Your cat may look healthy and happy. But, how can you tell if your feline is actually healthy? Regular veterinary care will ensure that your cat is fit and fine. Animal House is here to help you get your best friend to their optimum weight to be happier and live longer! Make an appointment today to assess your cat’s optimal weight management.

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