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Cat and Kitten Health Updates, Advice and Tips from Devoted Vets

Treating and Preventing overweight and obese cats at Devoted Vets:

Obesity is a common problem in pet cats.

Unfortunately excess weight brings serious health risks for much loved pets: problems walking due to joint or spinal disc disease, difficulty breathing, high blood pressure, unwillingness to exercise, excess fat in the liver and blood stream, an increased risk of sugar diabetes and pancreatitis (two very serious diseases), constipation, increased risk of lower urinary tract disease, difficulty giving birth, skin diseases, increased surgical and anaesthetic risk, an increased susceptibility to infection, and overall, a reduced lifespan! That should be plenty of motivation for preventing or treating overweight or obese cats.

So at devoted vets, we help owners keep their loved cats within target weights, and help those with overweight cats to get their pets back to a safe weight.

What can I do to prevent my pet becoming overweight or obese?

Like their human companions, if cats consume more calories than their body uses, they will gain excess weight. A healthy lifestyle including regular exercise and a balanced diet are the key.

The major trap many cat owners fall into is feeding too much food. Most pet food bags will have a guide on the side with how much the pet is to eat for the day to fulfil their nutritional requirments. It is important to match the amount fed with the target bodyweight of your cat.  It is also important to select a food that is suitable for your cat's age and needs. When you think about it, a lively kitten is going to need much more energy than a senior cat.

How do I tell if my cat is overweight or obese?

There are two main clues that a cat is overweight or obese. Firstly, their bodyweight exceeds that expected of cats of their size. Secondly, when you observe your cat, you will notice that it is difficult to feel their ribs, and their ribs will have a moderate/thick fat cover. There will be thickening around the tail base and the bones in this area will be difficult to feel. On side view, they will not have a obvious "tuck" and on their overhead view, they will lose their waist. In addition, overweight or obese cats develop a "fat pad" in the groin and lower abdomen. 

If my cat is overweight or obese, how do I get him or her back to a healthy weight?

Don't despair! Devoted Vets can help make your cat's weight loss journey easy. The first step to success is a suitable weight loss food, the second feeding the right amount for your pet's ideal bodyweight and finally, a good exercise program will help. This is made easier to achieve by the support from staff at Devoted Vets. We can help you by tailoring your pet's weight loss program to their specific needs, working out your pet's goal weight and even how long it will take to get there. We also offer a support service to help monitor your cat's weight loss with regular weigh ins and tips to help you reach your goal more easily. This service is free with the purchase of any of our prescription diet food range.

The range includes: Royal Canin Obesity Diet, Hills R/D & Hills M/D, all are available in both dry and wet food varieties to ensure palatability to your cat.

So phone Devoted Vets, Warragul and West Gippsland, on 5623 2525 for a weight management plan if your cat is overweight or obese. Drop in and say "Hi" to Clara!