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Obesity in Cats

Found this on facebook and thought I would share it:

“Fat Cats. I used to love fat cats when I was kid. I didn’t know what sort of problems it created for the kitty, I just saw a cute and loveable furball. Some cats are built big, Maine Coons, Scottish Folds are a bigger frame but most cats are about 8-11pounds. When I read 3 extra pounds on a 10 lb. cat is equal to 45 extra pounds on a 150 lb. person I freaked!

October is Pet Obesity Awareness month so over the next coming months I will be bringing you some not only tools and solutions to help kitties shed some pounds but also stories from cat lovers sharing what they have done to help their baby lose weight. I look down at my kitties and think these are my best furfriends and don’t I want my best furfriends to remain by my side for as long as possible?

When cats are obese it can create problems like and not limited to: heart disease, a reduced life span, joint problems, ruptured cruciate ligaments, labored or difficult breathing, fatigue/exercise intolerance, greater risk for heat stroke/heat exhaustion, greater susceptibility to fatty liver disease, diabetes, and osteoarthritis, Arthritis, creates joint and structural damage, respiratory problems, heart disease, kidney problems…they can’t even jump up on our laps or scratch their chins because they can’t get their leg up poor things.

Hey, I love pampering my babies and when I was younger I used to be a push over for some sad eyes and of course the incessant meowing didn’t hurt. As I got older I realized if I really loved my kids I would make sure they had the healthiest and happiest life condition I could provide for them and that means the fleeting moments of joy provided by treats was nothing compared to the many memories I could create if I didn’t give in to their every demand. I knew this wasn’t going to go over well with the cats but I would make up for it by playing with them more and spending more time cuddling. I kept sticking to my guns and stopped giving in – even though it drove me nuts for a couple of weeks.

Eventually they learned. I hope I am not coming off as one of those people trying to tell you how to raise your fur kids, if I am that was not my intention, I just know that there are those of your out there that feel the same as I do, like we are here to protect them and make sure they get the best we can provide, some times even beyond what we would even do for ourselves”.

https://www.facebook.com/cat.addicts?fref=nf

http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity

Samson.  One of the farm kittens.  He's one the special kitties (he's fixed :)).
Samson. One of the farm kittens. He’s one the special kitties (he’s fixed :)).
Hisser.  One of the farm kiities.  He's special because he has used up almost all of his nine lives and he's fixed.
Hisser. One of the farm kitties. He’s special because he has used up almost all of his nine lives and he’s fixed.
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Obesity in Cats

I cringe every time I see an extremely obese cat.  I don’t think their cute and I think the owners are cruel.  To get the most out of life cats need to be an ideal weight.  Cats love to run, play, and jump and cats can’t do this if they are obese.  Below is a chart that gives a visual on what an ideal weight looks like.

A lovely chart that describes the perfect weight for cats:  www.pfma.org.uk/_assets/weigh-in-wednesday/pet-size-o-meter-cat.pdf

If I look at my cats I would stay Dac is on the thin side.  She is still growing and has an amazing amount of energy so I’m keeping a close eye on her to make sure she fills out.  She has been to the vet and he didn’t say anything about her being thin so I won’t worry about it too much.  Eddie is the ideal weight, but he does have a sagging belly.  Java is borderline ideal and overweight.  She loves to eat and since I feed everyone at the same time I have to watch that she doesn’t steal the other cats food.  I know that if I don’t keep an eye on her she will very quickly become an overweight cat.

My cats are fed throughout the day.  I don’t leave food out for them to eat throughout the day.  My cats are pigs and I know that if I put their portion for the day they will eat it all in one sitting and then whine non-stop for more food.  I once put out food for two days and for some reason I came back a few hours later and the food was all gone.  I use to put their daily ration in a bag and then feed them throughout the day (I now know that they get three feedings from the cup I use to measure food).  Or you can feed them at breakfast, supper, and right before bedtime.  Another option is to use an automated feeder.  Just make sure to do your homework because I’ve heard some are garbage: http://www.catfooddispensersreviews.com/

If you have an obese cat I would recommend visiting a vet for a check up and then putting them on a weight reducing diet.  Also try to get your cats more physically active.  My cats love chasing a laser and it can sound like a herd of thundering elephants when they chase it.  Also they love chasing balls.  I throw it and they chase after it.  It also gives me a workout because they don’t know what fetch is so I do quite a bit of walking.

If you love your cat(s) please make sure they are an ideal size so as to extend their life expectancy.

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My baby Dac. When she stretches out she reminds me of a Dachshund. She has a super long body and not much fat on her body. She isn’t full-grown so she will fill out yet.