Overweight Cat Help
Obesity is a growing epidemic among the cat population, and it puts them at risk of developing additional health problems such as Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, increased frequency of joint injuries, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer. Getting a cat back to ideal body weight may seem like a daunting task, but helping your cat lose weight can add not only years to your cat’s life. It can also make those extra years more enjoyable.
How do I know if my cat is overweight?
To determine if your cat is overweight, it is best to consult your veterinary team. They will be best equipped to perform a body condition score, which is a tool used to assess whether your pet is currently overweight, underweight or at an ideal weight. We will be happy to assist you with feeding recommendations based on the body condition score.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
A cat can lose weight with proper feeding instructions combined with a weight loss diet food and appropriate exercises. Cats who lose weight too quickly can develop a life-threatening form of liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis. Because of this, it is never recommended to put your cat on a diet unless you have consulted with your veterinary team first.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
During a nutritional consultation, a veterinarian will take a history, perform a physical exam and do a nutritional assessment. This assessment gives your veterinary team an idea of the total daily caloric intake as well as the lifestyle and feeding behaviours of your cat. We will then develop a dietary and exercise plan with you and establish a regular follow-up schedule. Each cat is unique and so may require adjustments in their recommended diet or routine before finding the correct approach. Pet owners who come in regularly for weight checks with their veterinary team have a much higher success with their pet’s weight loss program. We can help you with any concerns or frustrations you may be having, discuss ways to increase activity, perform body condition assessments and make adjustments to the caloric intake depending on the rate of weight loss.
The secret to weight loss is a dedicated, committed and concerned family. Cats do not understand that their excess weight is harming them. It is up to us to protect them from harm and not inadvertently contribute to premature death or development of debilitating diseases. You and your family, together with your veterinary team, can help your cat achieve a healthy body weight safely and successfully.