Many owners find it hard to tell whether their cat is overweight, but unfortunately, it is a common problem. Lots of cats live a fairly sedentary lifestyle, and neutered cats need significantly less food than before, so will quickly become overweight if you don't keep an eye on them, posing a real health risk.
A lot of different diseases are seen more often in cats that are overweight. Sadly these cats also tend to be less comfortable and content. Some of the most common problems that can occur in overweight cats are:
In cats over 7 years of age, obesity has also been shown to shorten life expectancy compared to cats with a normal weight.
This is why it is so important to:
Examine your cat in the following areas:
Most cats are overweight because of over-feeding and it's all too easy to understand why. We quickly learn just how happy some special treats or new food makes them feel.
However, if your cat is going to stay in shape they are going to have to learn to live with less food. You will just have to compensate by giving them lots of extra attention!
Your vet is the best person to help you set a healthy eating programme for an overweight cat but these tips should also give good results:
Your vet can help you confirm whether your cat is overweight and recommend a course of action to ensure they remain happy and healthy.
For more information about weight management for your cat come and visit the Hill's stand at the show (stand C300) or find out more on their website.
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