One of the leading diseases in cats today is obesity. Cats are becoming more sedentary and foods have higher caloric content and carbohydrates. Overweight and obese cats are placed into a much higher risk category for diabetes, kidney disease, pancreatic disease, arthritis, and many other health conditions that could harm their long-term health.
Is my cat overweight?
Checking to see if your cat is overweight is a simple process: Feel over your cats last 3-5 ribs. Can you feel them? Normal body condition cats should have a tapered waist, palpable ribs (like the bones in the back of your hand), and no large hanging gut. We provide professional body condition assessment and measurement appointments so we can help train you on how to monitor your cat’s weight. Give us a call; we would love to help!
How can my cat lose weight? What are some weight loss tips?
Cats lose weight (as long as they do not have an underlying health condition that makes it difficult to lose weight) the same way all mammals lose weight: Monitoring the calories they eat in a day and increasing exercise to burn extra calories (fat deposits) they are carrying.
Tips for weight loss: a) Increase your cat’s exercise with toys and play time every day. b) Play games with their meals – throw the kibble for them to chase after and eat, put food in a container that they have to work to remove, use treat balls. c) Portion out your cat’s food based on calories. This is very important as all cat foods have very different amounts of calories and nutrients.
What is offered in nutritional consultation sessions?
In our nutritional consultation, we offer a full health exam with your veterinarian, initial measurements, diet evaluation and discussion, and then create a diet plan tailored your individual cat’s needs.