Does your cat overeat and gets rounder by the day? Are they obese?
Read on, and let’s find out how obesity affects our paw friends and how we can help them live a healthier lifestyle.
Excessive body weight is a common problem in cats. Study shows that 40-60% of cats in the world are overweight or obese. The huge issue is that cat parents are usually unaware of it. You see your cat as cute and cuddly, but they might have excess fat that may cause problems later in life.
The bad news is overweight and obese cats are at greater risk for serious health issues that may lead to a decreased quality of life and a shortened life span.
The good news is that obesity is preventable, even reversible, and won’t need to take a toll on your cat’s life.
What are the health risks of an overweight pet?
Sadly obesity in cats is a severe condition and affects the quality of life in multiple ways, such as skin infections, high blood pressure, heart disease, immune suppression, diabetes, and even an increased possibility of cancer. It’s important to know if your cat is overweight to avoid problems later in life.
How do you know if your cat is overweight?
Obese cats weigh more than 20% of their ideal body weight. One obvious way to determine if your cat has a healthy weight is to take them to the vet. You can watch out for these signs to access possible obesity at home:
How to help your cat lose weight?
Here are some effective strategies to help your cat lose weight safely and effectively:
Overweight cats seem to be continuously hungry, so many of us feed them out of sympathy, which harms them more than reasonable. So next time they ask for a treat with those persuasive meows, resist it and be mindful of saying “No”. Let us not add to the issue of obesity but rather help resolve it.
It is never too late to help your paw friend become a fit and active cat again by taking the proper steps to promote longer and healthier lives.
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