Weight and Cat Health Care

Posted September 28th, 2010 by gemainz

Amongst the most serious cat health care problems in the UK is obesity. More pet cats than ever before are struggling with obesity and the serious cat health care issues that come with it. Unfortunately, obesity in cats creates a cycle that is very hard to get out of: overweight cats are less likely to be physically active and are therefore more likely to remain obese.

Diagnosing this particular cat health care problem is not difficult at all: it is clear to see just from looking at the cat. If it is a healthy weight, a cat will have a clearly visible waist when viewed from above, just in front of its back legs and if it is a short hair breed its ribs should be easily felt but not seen.

A vet will diagnose obesity by weighing the cat and will be able to advise on the best way for your cat to lose weight. Cat health care problems such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and breathing difficulties are likely to follow if the obesity is not treated. Ultimately, obesity may kill the cat.

Lower calorie pet foods are available from vet surgeries and pet shops. Owners should remember that cat treats are included in the daily calorie allowance for their pet. Similarly, it is important to remember that titbits and human food leftovers could seriously upset the delicate balance of your pet’s diet. One thing that a lot of cat owners don’t realise is that their pet is often being fed by well meaning neighbours who see the cat in their garden. It is a good idea to mention the cat health care problem and politely request others do not feed your cat.

All cat owners have a responsibility to promote good cat health care and this includes encouraging physical activity. You should try to encourage your cat to go outside everyday so that it can go for a stroll or even a run. You could also try engaging your cat in play more often. Toys like balls encourage cats to chase, which will boost their weight loss.

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