Weight problems in cats are not an uncommon occurrence. Nevertheless, it’s not healthy or comfortable for your cat to be overweight. Any medical conditions that your cat currently has may be worsened by obesity, and the extra pounds can even cause new medical problems. These can include heart problems, joint problems, skin disorders, and heat intolerance. Overweight cats can also have a harder time fighting and recovering from disease and they are often less able to withstand surgery. Further, overweight cats live shorter lives than cats who are in good shape.
Obesity in cats is most often the result of overeating. Cats are getting too many meals, overly large portions, and too many treats. However, hereditary defects, hormonal or glandular problems, a lack of exercise, or a combination of all these can also be to blame. If your cat is overweight or obese, have her seen by your veterinarian. Your vet can determine if there are any medical problems at issue and he can help you to determine your cat’s ideal weight and a plan to get her there. A reduction in food and treats, a switch to a weight control product, and/or regular exercise may be recommended. Exercising your cat may seem a bit difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little effort you can train your cat to walk on a leash. With even less effort, you can simply spend some time each day playing with your cat and getting her to expend some energy and calories.