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Kitty Obesity

October 9th was Pet Obesity Awareness Day! Of course, the point of this isn’t to tell our pudgy feline companions that they’re overweight. Fluffy would just yawn, lick her paw, and meow for more food. Although your kitty may look cute if she’s a bit round, she’ll be much healthier at or near her ideal weight. Those extra pounds pose some very serious health risks to your furry friend! A London, ON vet discusses feline obesity in this article.

Food

Fluffy’s diet plays a huge role in her overall weight. Kitties don’t determine what they eat—except of course when they are catching mice—so it’s up to you to make sure your pet is eating a good, nutritious diet. Portion control is very important here. Even giving your furry pal just a few calories too many each day can cause her to pack on pounds. Choosing the right food is also crucial. Many low-quality brands, especially dry food ones, have a lot of fillers, like wheat and corn, which are packed with fattening sugars and carbs. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Exercise

Fluffy is more likely to fall asleep on top of a treadmill than she is to walk or run on one, and you probably won’t have much success getting her to run laps around the kitchen. The best way to keep your feline pal moving is to simply play with her. Use a toy that you control, like a wand toy or laser pointer, to make playtime more fun and challenging.

Entertainment

Just like people, cats are prone to snacking when they get bored. Make sure your home is fun and entertaining for your kitty. Offer Fluffy lots of toys, and give her pieces of pet furniture to climb and explore. You can also set out some pet-safe plants for your furball to sniff at, and give her cardboard boxes and newspaper tunnels to investigate.

Putting Fluffy On A Diet

Is your furball becoming a butterball? Consult your vet before making any changes to Fluffy’s diet. Cats must lose weight slowly to trim down safely, as crash diets are extremely harmful to their metabolism. An exam is also in order, as it’s important to rule out potential medical causes for your kitty’s weight gain.

Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, for all your chubby cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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