Humans aren’t the only ones who can become overweight or obese from eating too much or not exercising enough. These problems can also affect our cats and lead to several health problems.
Obesity among cats is on the rise and is sometimes overlooked or ignored because cat owners don’t know its possible risks. Give your cat a gentle squeeze around the middle of its body. If you can’t feel the ribs when you rub the side, then your cat may just need some diet adjustment.
Do not assume that this condition in your cat is because he doesn’t get much exercise or because he is lazy. Weight gain or obesity can be a sign of a serious illness such as hypothyroidism or other problems like a pituitary gland disorder causing irregular production of hormones.
Some health problems that can be caused from being overweight include diabetes, excessive stress on the heart, a shortened lifespan and skin disorders from irregular grooming.
Overweight cats may also develop joint, ligaments and tendons related issues or problems and these problems can further result in arthritis or lameness.
Ways to Deal with Obesity in Cats
The first way to deal with obesity in your cat is by making dietary changes. Set specific mealtimes and don’t leave food out in the bowl all day. Buy low calorie food for the cat and reduce dry food as it may have more of carbohydrates.
Give your cat a toy to stimulate some kind of activity. Play with the cat often and especially before mealtime because this way they will relate food with fun and will eat a sensible portion. Let your cat go out and play with other cats in the neighborhood under close watch or adopt a second cat so that the obese cat can get some frequent playing time and lose some weight.
By: Pets Central