The numbers of overweight felines are increasing across the country. In Las Vegas, Dr. Trish Auge, owner of A Cat Hospital, is speaking out to encourage cat owners to learn more about the proper diet your cat needs to stay slim and healthy.
Dr. Auge suggests there are many pet food companies trying to convince pet owners that their food is better, is healthier, contains less fillers, has no preservatives, and contains no grain or gluten. There are numerous flavors and many types of treats with selling points of hairball, dental, urinary, or indoor cat formulas. No one has all the answers, since in the wild, cats feast on birds, mice, insects, and lizards. Too much food and too little exercise leads to obese cats which leads to serious health risks.
Among these risks are breathing problems, strain on the heart because it has to work harder to pump blood with the excess weight leading to hidden heart failure, and fatty liver disease. Overweight cats have difficulty grooming and develop matting and skin problems, as well as joint problems that lead to pain and inactivity, which becomes a vicious cycle.
Another serious risk for obese cats is feline diabetes. Symptoms include an increase in water consumption and an increase in urination, as well as wanting to eat more. Their coats can become dull and dry, and the cats can become sluggish.
Cats are often so bored that their attention turns to food. Dr. Auge recommends that cat owners need to engage in more exercise with their felines just as many people take their dog for a daily walk. A pudgy cat will look forward to a new routine of play. She suggests using a toy on a pole that looks like a fishing pole, roll a ball, use a laser light, and experiment with catnip toys. Cats that are already overweight and sedentary can be a challenge to get moving. Dr. Auge suggests creating a routine by using these toys along with the cat tree or building some wall shelves or tunnels for the cat to climb.
Dr. Auge and the other veterinary staff want cat owners to be proactive and deter the possibility of their overweight felines developing health problems.
A Cat Hospital is located at 2758 N. Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014 Telephone 702-454-4400
To learn more about feline diabetes and other feline illnesses in connection with cat obesity and how to prevent them, visit A Cat Hospital’s website.
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