What can you do to help Fluffy slim down? Feed her the right foods, keep her active, and avoid these feline no-nos.
Our furry feline friends are experiencing obesity at alarming rates, often because owners fail to properly manage their cats’ diets and make sure they get exercise. In fact, about 58 percent of pet cats in the United States are overweight, which adds up to some 54 million chubby felines. And one in every five pet cats — about 20 million — has full-fledged obesity.
Overweight cats may seem like cuddly lap-warmers, but their excess fat makes them more likely to develop a host of serious health problems, including:
And it is much more dangerous to operate on an overweight cat — these pet cats are more likely to die during surgery. They are less tolerant of high temperatures and are less resistant to contracting an infectious disease. Obese cats are twice more likely to die in middle age than thinner cats, between the ages of 6 and 12.
4 Factors That Cause Cat Obesity
Veterinarians have determined a set of risk factors that may lead to pet cats becoming overweight. They include:
The Healthy Cat's Diet
The building blocks of a healthy cat's diet include some truths that run counter to established beliefs. To feed your cat right, you should:
Help Your Overweight Cat Slim Down
Here are some more steps you can take to help your cat either lose weight or maintain a healthy weight:
By following these dietary guidelines and keeping your pet cat active, you can help keep her from becoming a chunky kitty.
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