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Do you have a portly pussycat or flabby feline? In the last 10 years the number of overweight and obese cats in the UK has more than doubled to around 30%. Excess weight not only has a negative impact on your pet’s general wellbeing, happiness and overall quality of life, but being as little as 20% overweight can greatly increase their risk of developing serious health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, urinary stones or heart disease.
Just as in humans, being overweight affects how an animal’s body responds to insulin and can lead to diabetes. If left untreated, further problems such as cataracts, nerve problems and serious urinary tract infections can develop. These are unpleasant and costly conditions to treat.
Obesity can be a major contributory factor in orthopaedic pet problems, and the time it takes for cats with orthopaedic problems to recover is also longer if they are overweight because of the additional strain on joints. Similarly, animals with back problems may have a much more difficult time recovering from surgery if they are obese.
Weight management = results
Research has shown that diabetic cats that lose weight may have a reduced need for insulin, and arthritis sufferers will require less anti-inflammatory drugs to treat their condition.
Here are some handy hints for a happy, healthy cat in 2012:
All Vetsure-affiliated clinic staff will be able to give you advice on diet and weight management and many nurses will run free weight review clinics – just give them a call.
Click here to access our feline condition chart which will help you identify whether your cat could be overweight.