Fat Cats Spoiled by Owners’ Love
It’s not just humans that suffer from weight problems, there are more and more fat cats tipping the scales and putting their health at risk.
Most fat cats are piling on the kitty pounds due to inactivity and over-eating and it is an issue that vets are seeing more and more.
According to a 2011 study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), more than 50 per cent of domestic pet cats are overweight.
Fat Cats Have More Health Problems
Fat cats are much more likely to experience health problems, which may shorten their lifespan and lead to large vet bills.
Some of the health problems that overweight kitties may experience include:
- Some kinds of cancer
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
Preventing Feline Fat
Cat owners need to understand the health risks associated with overweight cats. In doing so, they can protect their pet’s well-being and ensure a healthier and happier cat for years to come.
Causes of Cat Obesity
Cat obesity is caused by the same problem that leads to weight gain in any other mammal – too much food intake and not enough exercise.
In nature, cats would have to hunt for their food and they only hunt what they need. On top of this, stalking and capturing their prey leads to a lot of energy expenditure.
Domesticated cats, on the other hand, have their meals served up to them and there is no effort required on their part.
Often pet owners will also provide their pets with too much food, as they may overestimate the dietary requirements of their furry friend.
Another factor that can lead to weight gain in pets is spaying or neutering. Animals that have been neutered or spayed are more likely to experience weight gain, but this risk factor can be controlled by paying special attention to portion size.
Identifying Fat Cats
A visit to the vet can reveal if your cat is overweight or not. Otherwise, there are a couple of ways in which you can decide whether or not it might be time to put kitty on a diet:
- Run your hand along your cat’s flanks and abdomen – in a cat that is the correct weight, you should be able to feel their ribs.
- Can you detect a slight waistline? If there is no discernible waist, your cat is almost certainly too heavy.
Fat cats can get into shape again quickly and the health risks can be reduced by talking to your vet about the ideal diet for your fuzzy friend.