More and more of our pets are becoming obese. It is estimated that between 40% of cats are well overweight. This article is going to discuss and illustrate the important aspects of the most common nutritional health condition in pets today.
Obesity is defined as an accumulation of excess body fat. An animal is usually classed as being obese if it weighs 20% or more over its ideal body weight. It is not natural and indeed it is exceedingly rare for a wild cat to be overweight.
Being extremely overweight can lead to numerous health problems for an animal and in some cases can reduce the length and quality of life. Cardiac problems can occur due to the strain on the heart and the circulation system. Your pet may develop a shortness of breath, a low tolerance to exercise and the risk of chest complication arising such as bronchitis will increase. Furthermore, the additional pressure put on limbs, joints, and the spine will add to the chances of your pet developing arthritis, rheumatism or back problems. Worryingly, an obese cat is more at risk when undergoing anesthesia and surgical operations.
It is frequently the case that many people do not even realize that their pet is overweight until the Vet informs them. So, what are the signs that your companion might be overweight? The most accurate way of telling if your cat is overweight is to take them to the vets. Here they will be weighed on our weighing scales and our Vet or Nurses can discuss your pet’s weight problem and any worries you may have.
If indeed your cat is diagnosed as being obese then our vet will check to see if there is a medical reason for this. If there is not, and it is diet related, then you will be advised on a weight reduction program for your companion involving a change of diet in both the quantity and the quality of the food source. An increased physical exertion schedule may also be suggested.
The simple fact is that, in general, we are feeding our pets too much, or food is not appropriate – and both they and we are not getting enough exercise. The cause of the obesity is that the animal is eating more than it requires, the excess is stored as fat, and the animal becomes overweight. Overfeeding of an improper diet containing too many fats, carbohydrates, snacks or scraps and not enough exercise are all factors in the cause of obesity. Many older pets need their diet adjusted; as they get older they sleep more and more and require less exercise, our vet will be able to advise you on feeding the older pets.
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