Feline Weight Issues
At Central Texas Animal Hospital in Pflugerville, we work with cats who are struggling with obesity and underweight-related health challenges. Our veterinarians want you to know why this is a problem for your pet and what you can do to prevent it.
Is Your Cat Overweight, Underweight, or the Ideal Weight?
Our vet may measure and weight of your cat or classify it on the Feline and Canine Body Condition Chart. This chart details what signs to look out for in five different weight categories.
What Are the Health Risks of Feline Obesity?
Every pound over the ideal weight greatly increases your cat’s risk of developing several health conditions including:
- High blood pressure
- Premature or fast-developing arthritis
- Fatty liver disease
- Excessive sleeping
- Breathing problems
- Skin and coat issues
The Health Risks of Underweight Felines
Obesity is well understood to be a health risk for cats, just like for humans. However, an underweight cat also faces health challenges including:
- Nutritional deficits
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Longer recovery time from injuries
- Dull or patchy coat
- Lethargic behavior
Another big question is, “why is this pet underweight?” Sudden loss of weight is a red flag for possible serious health conditions. Your pet could also be suffering from anorexia triggered by stress or changes in its routine.
What Can You Do?
If you suspect that your pet is overweight or underweight, your first step is a checkup at the vet. Our veterinarian can advise you on what to do to prevent future health problems with your pet.
Weight management for overweight cats works just like with humans: reducing calories and increasing activity. It’s usually advised to slowly and steadily reduce feedings. This is easier for the cat to adjust to rather than a sudden reduction in food. You may also be asked to switch cat food brands and play with your pet more to encourage activity.
What about underweight cats? If there’s an underlying condition that’s causing weight loss, it will be treated. If your pet is simply refusing to eat enough, your vet may suggest some ways to troubleshoot the problem. This could involve switching brands of cat food, feeding the cat somewhere that they don’t have to compete with other pets, or creating a more peaceful home environment.
Healthy Cats in Central Texas
Are you concerned about your cat’s weight? At Central Texas Animal Hospital in Pflugerville, we will give you advice on weight management for both feline obesity and underweight cats. Together, we’ll come up with a meal schedule that will put your pet on the path to good nutrition. Give us a call today at (512) 251-BARK to book an appointment.