Is your feline pal starting to look a bit plump? Do the walls shake when she jumps off the couch? If so, Fluffy may be among the over 50 percent of adult kitties that are, well, not just fluffy. A Chesapeake, VA vet discusses kitty obesity below.

Kitty Lifestyle

As you’ve probably noticed, cats are very sleepy. Fluffy may spend the vast majority of her time snoozing. This is of course adorable, but it also makes it easy for her to get out of shape, especially as she ages. Of course, you probably won’t have much luck getting your pet to do laps around the living room. How do you keep a kitty fit? Offer her lots of toys, and play with her daily. Your pet will also appreciate having some pieces of furniture to climb and explore. (Tip: cat towers are purrfect for this.)

Dangers

Chubby cats may be cute, but they are at risk of developing some very serious health issues. Heart disease, respiratory issues, liver troubles, kidney problems, and bone/joint troubles are just a few of the problems they face. Obese kitties are also at higher risk of developing certain cancers, and are more likely to have complications after surgery.

Meowpulation

Many of our feline patients have their humans wrapped around their paws. We know, it’s hard to resist that adorable face and those plaintive meows. However, if Fluffy has you trained to fill her bowl on command, you may need to put your foot down. You aren’t doing your kitty any favors by overfeeding her!

Food

Good food is very important. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations, including portion sizes and treats. Even giving Fluffy just ten calories too much each day can make her put on a pound a year. That’s a lot for a cat!

Health Care

Is your furball becoming a butterball? Take her to the vet for an exam. Although diet and activity are usually the main reasons for feline obesity, sometimes kitties gain weight due to medical issues.

Helping Kitty Lose Weight

Ask your vet for advice on helping Fluffy trim down. Kitties must lose weight slowly in order to drop those extra pounds safely. Never put your cat on a crash diet. This can wreak havoc with her metabolism!

Please contact us, your Chesapeake, VA vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!