The ‘Skinny’ on Cat Obesity (Pun Intended)

Cat obesity has become a problem in today’s world. There is a trend where we are seein more and more overweight cats. There are a number of reasons behind this.

Reasons for Obesity Trend

One reason is that cat’s lives, similar to humans, have become more sedentary. This is especially a problem with castrated or neutered cats because this procedure tends to change the cat’s metabolism. It causes a tendency for weight gain and a more sedentary lifestyle.

Another possibility is incorrect feeding of cat ration. Cat food needs to be given in the correct quantities. Each cat food is different in terms of energy, fat and digestibility and each cat has its own unique needs. This means that you have to read the instructions to see how much to feed a cat, but don’t only take their word for it. You should also keep your eyes open and watch your cat. Use common sense. If your cat is gaining weight, cut back. If your cat is losing weight, feed more food.

Consequences of Cat Obesity

Feline obesity can have serious and even potentially fatal consequences for your cat. The biggest consequence that you’ve probably already heard about related to human obesity is Diabetes Mellitus. Well, cats can get it too. Skin problems is another potential problem because the cat is unable to properly bathe him- or herself. It can also lead to respiratory and urinary problems.

Cat Weight Loss

So, how can we get the weight off our favourite feline friends? Well, the same way that we get and keep the weight off ourselves. We need to feed them the correct amount of calories in the day and get them exercising.

We will need to be involved in the cat’s exercise regime because you cannot expect the cat to exercise by himself or herself. Think positive, you will get some exercise as well as your kitty and your friendship with your cat will only get deeper! There are a number of toys available that will get your kitty moving. The following list is from and prices are subject to change.

• MultiVet SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser – $5.98.

This combines both food and fun.

• Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toy-$4.78

• Hagen Catit Design Senses Play Circuit-$10.06

• Play-N-Squeak Mouse Hunter-$4.97

• Yeowww! 100% Organic Catnip Toy, Yellow Banana-$6.55

• SmartCat 3833 Peek-a-Prize Pet Toy Box-$19.12

Cat diet is the other important issue. There are a number of cat foods that are especially designed for cat weight loss. The following list was taken from the site and prices are subject to change.

• Blue Buffalo Spa Select Weight Control Dry Cat Food, Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe, 7-Pound Bag-$19.84.

• Iams Proactive Health Adult Indoor Weight and Hairball Care, 6.8-Pound Bags-$12.77

• Premium Edge Dry Cat Food for Adult Cat-$28.99

Final Thoughts

There is something very sad about seeing an obese cat that can’t even walk correctly or clean himself or herself. There are things that you can do to correct the situation and to prevent some of the consequent health issues. Just say no to cat obesity!