Obesity: A Death Sentence for Cats

August 14, 2012

Max was obese!

If a cat is overweight, her entire body will suffer.  The stress that the extra pounds place on the animal’s joints is bad enough, because arthritis is often the result.  However, the toll the excess weight takes on Fluffy’s heart and kidneys can be fatal.

Diabetes is common in cats and obesity contributes to the propensity for the disease.  Diabetic cats often contract other serious health conditions, including failing kidneys.

Fat cats waddle slowly around from bed to litterbox to food dishes.  They have very little energy for any other activities. Breathing can be labored because the extra pounds affect the lungs.

If your cat is overweight, the first order of business is a visit to the veterinarian..  He or she must be included in the process, because dieting cats can get into serious trouble in a hurry.  A cat whos food is suddenly changed may well refuse to eat at all.  Felines are fussy creatures and often react emotionally to disruptions in their routines.  You need professional advice before attempting major changes in your kitty’s diet.

If your cat is already eating a healthy diet then canned, or wet, food is already a part of her meals.  Dry food usually contains more calories than wet food, so you should be able to safely increase her wet food and decrease the dry cat food a bit at each meal, gradually switching her to an all-canned food diet.

But if Fluffy only eats a diet of dry food now, it won’t be so easy.  Cats usually object to canned food of any sort, if they aren’t used to it.  Only your vet can help you deal with this.  There are diet, or low-calorie, dry cat foods on the market if your medical professional recommends that.  Overweight pets already diagnosed with diabetes should eat only what and how much her doctor recommends.

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