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Overweight Cats

Sunday, March 13, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

fat-cat-2Obesity is a very common problem in pets. Obesity develops when energy intake exceeds energy requirements. The excess energy is then stored as fat. Once a pet is obese, she may remain obese even after excessive caloric intake stops. The majority of cases of obesity are related to simple overfeeding coupled with lack of exercise.

Some cats like to chase their cat toys around which gives them plenty of exercise and keeps them from gaining weight. My older cat, Mollie never liked playing. She won’t chase her toys or run around for exercise. As a result, she’s overweight.

Normally, a short haired house cat should weight between 7 and 10 pounds. Once a cat is overweight,you must take some steps to help her shed the extra pounds which will keep her more healthy. You should play with your cat 30 to 40 minutes a day. If your cat is like my older cat and doesn’t like to play, concentrate on her diet. I always buy dried food for indoor cats. Make sure it’s has all the required ingredients, lots of protein and vegetables. This food has less calories then other dried foods. Also limit the amount of treats that you give your cat. Cat treats are high in calories. Just give her less you don’t have to stop giving her treats altogether.

If your cat is overweight, work with your veterinarian to get her on the proper diet and who will help you monitor the situation.

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