Chubby Cats

Have you noticed your feline friend is getting a bit round? Is your furball turning into a butterball? If Fluffy is, well, not just fluffy, you may need to make some changes to her diet. Chubby cats may be cute, but they face some very dangerous health issues! Here, a Brookfield, WI vet discusses obesity in cats.

Keeping Kitty Trim

Those extra pounds can have some very dangerous consequences for our feline pals. Kitties that are overweight face some very serious medical problems, including heart disease; diabetes; liver trouble; skin issues; and bone/joint problems, such as arthritis. Pudgy pets also have higher risks of developing complications during or after surgery, and often have trouble reproducing.

Fluffy’s Workout Plan

Exercise plays a huge role in your kitty’s weight. Kittens are very active and playful, but as Fluffy ages, her daily workout may more or less consist of walking back and forth to her bowl and litterbox, and perhaps jumping into your lap. Telling your furball to run laps around the table probably won’t be very effective, so you may need to trick your furry friend into moving. Get your cat lots of fun toys, and play with her regularly.

Kitty Diets

It’s very easy to overfeed your feline friend . . . especially if Fluffy insists that she’s really, really hungry. You may know full well that your furball just ate a whole can of food, but that meow can be pretty hard to resist. In fact, many of our feline patients have their owners wrapped around their paws! However, giving your pet just ten extra calories a day can lead her to pack on pounds, so pay attention to serving sizes. It’s also important to choose the right type of food. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, and let professional advice, not your cute pet’s theatrics, determine when and how much Fluffy eats.

Helping Fluffy Trim Down

If your cat is on the pudgy side, ask your vet for specific advice on helping your feline pal slim down. Never make fast or drastic changes to Fluffy’s diet: this can be very dangerous! Your furry friend will need to shed that extra weight slowly in order to take the weight off safely.

Do you have questions about your cat’s diet? Do you know or suspect that Fluffy is overweight? Contact us, your local Brookfield, WI  animal clinic, today!

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