Did you know that well over half of pet cats are obese? Is your pet among them? While your kitty may look cute with some extra padding, extra pounds are just as bad for her as they are for you. A veterinarian discusses kitty obesity below.
Just as with people, diet, exercise, and genetics are the biggest factors that will determine Fluffy’s weight. Portion control is often a major culprit here. Even giving your pet just ten calories too much each day will cause her to pack on a pound a year. That’s a pretty significant amount for a little furball! Quality is also important. Lower-quality brands don’t have as much nutritional value, which may prompt Fluffy to eat more. Plus, they often have lots of carb-loaded fillers. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that kitties often snack when they are bored.
Kitties are super active and playful when they are young, and typically spend the rest of their lives recuperating from that frisky stage. You probably won’t get too far in getting your feline buddy to do stair runs, but there are ways to keep her active. Provide her with lots of toys and take time to play with her regularly. Fluffy will also benefit from having some pet furniture to climb and explore.
It can be difficult to tell if a cat actually is overweight, especially with fluffy kitties that have large frames, such as Maine Coons. Your vet is going to be your best resource here. It’s also important to note that sometimes cats gain weight because of medical issues. If your feline pal has rapidly started gaining weight, and you’re not sure why, make an appointment for her.
Even if it’s pretty obvious that you have a bit of a chonker on your hands, it’s important to consult your vet before changing your pudgy pet’s diet. Fluffy needs to lose weight slowly. Rapid decreases in caloric intake is very bad for her metabolism, and could make her quite sick.
While dogs are the gold-champion beggars, there are plenty of kitties out there who have their owners firmly wrapped around their paws. Keep treats to a dull roar, and stick with healthy options.
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