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Keeping Kitty Trim

Have you noticed your cat getting rather round lately? Is Fluffy a bit on the pudgy side? While your kitty may still be adorable if she is a little chubby, the truth is she will be much healthier if she is at or near her ideal weight. Obese pets face some very serious health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, bone/joint trouble, and liver and kidney issues, to name just a few. Read on as a local Loma Linda, CA vet discusses keeping your kitty in shape.

Feeding Fluffy

As one may expect, your feline buddy’s diet will have a huge effect on her weight. Portion sizes are one common issue. Even giving Fluffy just a few too many calories a day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That’s a lot for a kitty! It’s also important to make sure your furball is getting a premium, high-quality food. Many brands of pet food, particularly lower-quality ones, have carb-heavy fillers, such as wheat and corn. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including portion sizes, suitable treats, and feeding schedules.

Exercise

Telling Fluffy to do stair runs or laps around the kitchen probably won’t get you very far. You may more or less have to trick your furball into moving. Offer your feline friend lots of fun toys, and take time to play with her regularly. Use a toy that you control, like a laser pointer or wand toy. You can also find some super cute mechanical toys, such as robotic mice and automated laser pointers. This is also a great way to spend time with your cat, and make her feel a bit pampered. Another way to keep Fluffy active is to give her some pet furniture that encourages her to jump and climb. Cat towers are great for this, as they offer kitties vertical space.

Helping Your Cat Lose Weight

Occasionally, weight gain in pets can be caused by medical issues. If Fluffy seems to gaining weight rapidly, have your vet examine her to rule out potential health problems. It’s also important to consult your vet before making any changes to your feline buddy’s diet. A sudden drop in calories could make your cute pet quite sick!

Please reach out to us, your local Loma Linda, CA pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to assist!

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