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Kitty Obesity

Did you know that over half of our feline friends are overweight or obese? Fluffy may still be adorable if she’s a bit plump, but those extra pounds are very bad for her health! Read on as a local Rockville, MD vet discusses feline obesity.

Is Your Cat Chubby?

With some cats, it can be easy to tell if they are overweight. In other cases, however—particularly with fluffy felines—it isn’t as obvious. The simplest test is to try and feel your kitty’s ribs. If you can’t easily feel them, your furball may very well be becoming a butterball.

Health Concerns

Obesity carries some very serious health risks for cats. Kitties that are overweight have elevated risks of developing heart disease, diabetes, liver and kidney issues, bone and joint trouble, reproductive problems, skin issues, and respiratory trouble. They are also at higher risk of having complications after surgery or anesthesia, and are more likely to develop certain kinds of cancer.

Diet

Fluffy’s diet plays a huge role in her overall weight. We know, many of our feline patients have their humans basically trained to feed them on demand. Even giving your furry pal just ten calories too much each day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That may not be much for a person, but it’s a lot for a cat! It’s also worth noting that kitties who eat only kibble may be more prone to gaining weight than those who get wet food. This is because many dry food formulas—especially low-quality ones—are high in carbs. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Exercise

Kitties are very frisky and playful when they’re young, but they tend to get, well, rather lazy as they age. Keep Fluffy active by offering her lots of fun toys and taking time to play with her regularly. This will also help fight boredom snacking. Your feline friend will also benefit from having some fun cat furniture that encourages her to climb and jump.

Other Causes

Diet and exercise will both help determine your cat’s weight, but they aren’t the only factors. Sometimes kitties gain weight because of age, genetics, or medical issues. If you aren’t sure why Fluffy is getting pudgy, consult your vet.

Please contact us, your local Rockville, MD clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s diet. We are always happy to help!

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