Just as with you and me, it is possible for your beloved kitty to gain so much weight that he or she becomes obese.
And, as a result, kitty has to deal with some of the health concerns we humans do. Most commonly, a cat’s obese problem is attributed to nutrition. (Sound familiar?)
Kitties, though, not like us, can’t “go to the gym” to workout or “push himself away from the table” when he hits “full”! Although Billy is pretty good about “walking away”. Mikey, and definitely Jonny, not so much!
In view of their lack of ability to pick and choose nutritious foods and to engage in regular exercise, it’s up to us to “help them along”.
If “all of a sudden” your kitty turns up “obese” or “tipping the scales” some odd ounces over his or her usual weight, a trip to the vet might first be in order to rule out any underlying disease. Blood and urine tests as well as others will be ordered. As will maybe a chest x-ray–or at least a “good feel” of the kitty’s abdomen and other parts.
A review of your cat’s eating habits, her food (rather, your food choices), her treats, snacks, any table food that makes its way to her plate or paws, and her exercise routine also ought to be considered. Some cat foods have too much protein; others might have too much grain, and still others have little to no nutrient value for the age of your cat.
If need be, your vet will help you to create a new eating plan for your kitty. And you can evaluate your cat’s play routine as to whether you need to help her “up” her moves.
Yours in kitty health,
P.S. Lynn Curtis has a nifty little book on Feline Nutrition: Nutrition for the Optimum Health and Longevity of your Cat. at
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