Obesity in Cats

We all love to spoil our furry friends, sometimes, maybe a little too much. In recent years, obesity has become a serious and common issue for cats. 

What problems come with obesity in cats?

Obesity is an accumulation of excess body fat that would cause an increased risk for cancer, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, urinary bladder stones, and hypertension.

Is my cat obese?

A cat’s weight varies depending on their breed but for most domestic cats, you can take 10 pounds (4-4.5 kg) as an ideal weight. Certain larger breeds can weigh as much as 25 pounds (11 kg) and smaller breeds can weigh as little as 5 pounds (2.2 kg). According to bodyweight standards, cats are considered to be overweight when they weigh up to 10-20% above their ideal body weight and are considered obese when they weigh 20% or more above their ideal body weight. Cats that are obese also walk slowly, are less responsible, and become less willing to move. 

Here’s a visual guide to help you identify if your cat is obese. If you’re still uncertain if your cat is obese, take your cat to the local vet for a professional opinion. 

Weight chart from www.myfamilyvets.co.uk.

What are some causes of obesity?

There are many causes of obesity, including overeating, a lack of exercise, decreased hormone levels after sterilization, drug effects, etc. According to civil care and wellness hospitals, obesity is also related to gene, age, and gender. Older female cats are at a higher risk of obesity.

How to solve cat obesity?

First, cut down on the amount of treats you give your cat. It would also be helpful to stop feeding your cat human food altogether. Also make sure that your cat always has plenty of fresh water to drink. If further dietary restrictions are necessary, visit your local vet for a professional opinion. 

Second, encourage your cat to exercise more. Some domestic cats love indoor games such as laser pointers or feather toys. Find a physical activity your cat enjoys doing and turn it into bonding time! If your cat enjoys the outdoors, running and walking will increase their physical activity and help stimulate their minds. 

Third, doing physical examinations regularly. Annual physical examinations are required to avoid there may be hidden diseases that cause cats in obese. A physical examination involves observing the general appearance of your cat, listening to their chest with a stethoscope and feeling specific areas of the body.

Changes in eating and bathroom habits are usually the first signs of a health condition, the iKuddle app keeps track of your cat’s bathroom habits and health condition.