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Keeping Your Kitty in Shape

Did you know that over half of our feline friends are obese? We can’t deny that fat cats are cute, but unfortunately, they have increased risks of developing several serious medical conditions. Your pet will be much healthier if she stays at or near her ideal weight. In this article, a Frisco, TX vet discusses keeping your kitty fit.

The Dangers of Obesity

Obese cats face many serious health risks, including heart conditions, liver and kidney trouble, diabetes, skin problems, and bone/joint disorders. Fluffy is also more likely to have complications after surgery or anesthesia, and/or have trouble reproducing, if she is overweight.

Feeding The Furball

Fluffy’s diet plays a huge role in determining her weight. Give your kitty high-quality, nutritious food, but don’t overfeed her. Portion size is very important. Even giving your cat just a little too much food can make her gain weight. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Choosing Treats

As the holidays approach, many kitties will be enjoying special tidbits. It’s fine to give Fluffy a special snack, but you don’t want to go overboard. You can offer Fluffy small amounts of plain, unseasoned meat, fish, or poultry, with the bones, skin, and fat removed. Sodium-free broth is also suitable, as is cat milk.

Fluffy’s Workout

Getting your cat to exercise can be a bit tricky, given that napping is kitties’ favorite pastime. You probably won’t have much luck getting Fluffy to do laps around the kitchen, so you may need to tempt her into moving. How do you do that? Play with her! Dangle a feather toy for your furball to pounce on, or toss a cat toy down the hall. You can also use a laser pointer to play with your feline pal. A robotic mouse is another fun option. Some types of pet furniture, like kitty towers and wall-mounted pieces, also help keep kitties fit, by encouraging healthy activities like jumping and climbing. Ask your vet for more information.

Helping Your Cat Slim Down

Do you know or suspect that Fluffy needs to trim down? Consult your vet before making any changes to her menu. Never put your cat on a crash diet: this is very dangerous for kitties’ metabolism, and could make your pet very sick!

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us anytime. As your Frisco, TX veterinary clinic, we are here to help!

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