Maintaining the perfect body weight is tough for anyone, not just humans. Unfortunately, obesity is one of the most common but preventable diseases in cats. Helping your furry friend get to a healthy weight could add extra and more enjoyable years to their life. If you’d like to discuss options for your pet’s weight management plan please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 604-986-2287.
How do I know if my cat is overweight?
It can be difficult to identify if your cat is overweight. The best option is to go through the process with one of our trained veterinarians who would be able to assess and determine an estimated ideal body weight keeping in mind their age and breed.
What are the risks of being overweight?
Being overweight can not only shorten the lifespan of your cat but also put them at risk of developing serious medical conditions. Some common diseases that overweight pets suffer from include:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Many types of cancer
How can I help maintain my cat’s weight?
Weight loss is not as simple as eating less and exercising more. There’s no one diet that fits all cats. Putting your cat on a diet without veterinary supervision could put them at risk of developing life-threatening diseases. The best way to help your furry friend is to create a weight management plan with your veterinarian that’s specific to your cat’s nutritional needs. This can include feeding your cat canned/dry food that is timed and measured rather than leaving food out all of the time.