Weight Weight Don't Tell me!
Good for you – you brought your cat in for her annual exam. Unfortunately, the veterinarian told you that she is obese! How did that happen?
You were surprised to learn that obesity puts your cat at risk for many conditions:
- heart disease and congestive heart failure
- increased respiratory conditions
- increased blood pressure
- exercise intolerance
- increased anesthetic and surgical risk
- increased liver problems
- increased digestive conditions
- decreased resistance to infections
- decreased heat tolerance
- increased incidence of certain cancers
What to do? Your first step is to listen to your vet. He or she will design a weight loss program that is safe and healthy for your pet. It may be as simple as just cutting back on the amount of food you are feeding, and increasing her exercise. You will be scheduled to come back for a weight check in a month or two. If that doesn’t work, there are several different prescription diets that can be tried – your vet will help you choose the best one for your cat.
SO….. THE NEXT TIME YOU COME IN, YOUR CAT WILL BE HAPPY TO GET ON THAT SCALE!