If a 10-pound cat ate just 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, it would be the same as if a person ate 3 1/2 hamburgers! Gaining weight over the holidays is not just a problem for humans, but also for pets. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today with our trained staff so we can assess your pet’s weight and keep them on track!
Why a Healthy Weight is Important for your Cat As little as two pounds above your cat’s ideal weight can put it at risk for developing some serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, when a cat is overweight or obese it no longer is a question of “if” your cat will develop a condition secondary to the excess weight but “how many and how soon!” Some of the common disorders associated with excess weight include:
Type 2 diabetes – an obese cat is estimated to be at least three times more likely to develop this serious disease compared to a cat of normal weight
Heart and Respiratory disease
High blood pressure
Many forms of cancer – especially intra-abdominal cancers
Further, overweight and obese cats are expected to live shorter lives than their fitter, normal weight counterparts. Heavy cats tend to physically interact less with their families and are less energetic and playful. Because they tend to lay around more, it is easy to overlook illnesses since we attribute their lethargy to their “normal laziness.” We are just now learning how serious and threatening a few extra pounds can be for both humans and our cuddly companions. Start with Calories For weight loss, the formulas seem simple enough: fewer calories in plus more calories out equals weight loss. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that formula makes it appear. For starters, cats that are overweight or obese must eat. Their physiology is different than humans or dogs and if they do not eat for as little as two consecutive days, they can develop a life-threatening form of liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis. Obese humans starting a diet program are also vulnerable to this serious condition. It is for this reason that you should never put your cat on a diet without the assistance of your veterinary healthcare team.