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6 Ways to Prevent Kitty Obesity

May 1, 2020
Obesity is becoming quite an epidemic among our feline patients. Well over half of domestic cats are obese or overweight! While Fluffy will still be adorable if she’s a bit chubby, those extra pounds carry some very serious health concerns. Cats that are overweight or obese are at high risk of developing a number of medical issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and liver and kidney problems, to name just a few. Here, a Bend, OR vet lists some ways to keep your furball from becoming a butterball. 

Kitty Playtime

The best way to keep your kitty active is also the cutest. Play with your feline pal every day! Even a few minutes of pouncing and jumping will be beneficial. Use toys that you control, like laser pointers or wand toys, to make things more fun and more challenging for Fluffy. 

Toys

Your feline buddy will also need toys she can play with by herself. This is especially important for kitties that stay home alone while their humans are working or in school. Also, make your home fun for Fluffy. Offer her boxes and paper bags to explore, as well as furniture to climb. Cat towers are great for this!

Proper Diet

Pet foods vary wildly when it comes to quality. Some, particularly cheaper brands, are packed with fillers, like wheat, which are loaded with fattening carbs. Opt for products that list mostly meat, fish, or poultry as ingredients. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Portion Control

Even giving Fluffy just a few calories too many each day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That’s a lot for a kitty! Pay attention to serving sizes.

Resist the Meow

Cats have a way of wrapping their humans around their paws. Do you fill Fluffy’s bowl every time she begs for food? Do you find yourself giving your furball several cans of food a day, just because she looks so cute when she begs? Steel yourself against that adorable face, and spoil your pet with toys and catnip instead of snacks.

Weigh-Ins

Nip weight gain in the bud by weighing Fluffy regularly. Weigh yourself first, then pick your kitty up and weigh yourself again. The difference between the two numbers is your pet’s weight.

As your Bend, OR vet clinic, we’re dedicated to providing your cat with excellent veterinary care. Call us today! 
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