Over half of our patients are overweight and many of these are clinically obese. As little as an extra 1% of intake over caloric requirements can result in 25% excess bodyweight by middle age.
Overweight cats risk developing health issues like diabetes, arthritis, breathing difficulties, bladder problems, liver disease, decreased exercise and heat tolerance, and an overall compromised quality of life.
Obesity is caused by overeating and lack of exercise. Indoor cats eat more and exercise less, often through boredom and lack of opportunities to play and hunt. It’s up to their carers to give them an appropriate amount of food, a good quality diet, exercise and mental stimulation.
When cats are desexed their energy needs decrease by about 30% as their metabolism is more efficient. Depending on their age we recommend you reduce food intake by 20-30%.
If you are concerned about your cats’ weight or quality of life discuss it with us at a health check soon.