Pet Obesity

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Okay, so a collar won’t make your cat look fat. However, are you making your cat fat?

Humans are in control of what pets eat and too many of us are making our pets fat by indulging in too much wet food, too many treats, table scraps, and little activity.

When I look around the shelter this January morn, I see some very large cats (Monroe, Dina, Lotus, and Violet to name a few). Now many are truly big boned – the ones who might have Maine Coon in their blood line; however, many are just plain fat.

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study found approximately 53 percent of cats and 55 percent of dogs were overweight or obese. Obesity is the number one nutritional disorder among dogs and cats, making them susceptible to many health problems, including:

• Reduced life span
• Impaired heart, liver, breathing functions
• Digestive disturbances
• Increased surgical risk
• Skin problems
• Heat stress
• Increased diabetes risk

Yikes – just looking at that list should spur you to make a change for the betterment of your pet!

Here at the shelter, the staff veterinarians are able to prescribe diets to help many of the cats who are overweight. Some, however, just need to NOT get the wet food and TO get more physical exercise.

There is even a veterinarian association dedicated to raising awareness of obesity in pets. No kidding. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has information on how to check if your pet is overweight, the ideal weight for your pet, and the caloric content of pet

They created a video to help you take your pet’s measurements to help figure out if your cat is, well, fat.

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Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the largest cat shelter in the Pacific Northwest. We offer adoption, foster care, and veterinary services to homeless cats and kittens.

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