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Obesity in Cats

Overweight cat sitting in kitchen

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that 60% of cats are overweight or obese. In animals, fat starts to accumulate around internal organs before it’s visible from the outside. That means by the time you notice your cat is gaining weight, her health may already be negatively affected. A 10-pound cat only needs about 200 calories a day.

Being overweight or obese doesn’t just affect how your cat looks, it also increases her risk for many health problems including:

  • Cancer
  • Cranial cruciate ligament surgery
  • Decreased life expectancy by up to 2.5 years
  • Heart and respiratory disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes and insulin resistance
  • Osteoarthritis

If your cat does become overweight or obese, talk with your veterinarian about ways to get your cat back to a healthy weight. This could include a change in diet or starting an exercise program. Your veterinarian can help you to find a solution that works for you and your cat.Infographic about Obesity in cats

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