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Overweight Cat Help

Unfortunately, the majority of cats are overweight. Obesity is considered a disease, and causes inflammation throughout the body. Cats that are overweight are more prone to heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and have a shorter life span. At Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital we believe prevention is very important in controlling excess weight. It can be difficult for an arthritic, overweight cat to exercise enough to lose the extra pounds. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if you have any questions about your cat’s weight.

Is my cat fat?

When your cat has a wellness exam performed by one of our veterinarians they weigh your cat and perform a Body Condition Score (BCS). A BCS is a scale to determine your cat’s ideal weight and is measured from 1-9. If you have any questions about your cat’s weight please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

How can my cat lose weight?

Exercise is an important step to weight loss. Cats are known to be lazy and need stimulation to keep them active within your home. Having lots of toys, cat posts, and having a set time to play with your cat is key to weight loss. Another helpful tip is to spread out your cat’s food, water and litter box so they have to walk around the house which will help them become more active. Diet is also a major factor in weight loss. The right nutrition for your cat can help keep them at a healthy weight. There are many weight loss foods out there so it’s important to ask one of our veterinarians which one is best for your cat. Beware of treats given to your cats; they should be no more than 10% of your cat’s daily calories. Slow weight loss is very important; weight loss too fast can cause other problems for your cat. If you require any information on weight loss for your cat please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

What is offered in a nutritional consultation?

A nutritional consult from one of our veterinarians includes a body condition score, weighing your cat and a diet recommendation based on your cat’s medical history. To make an appointment for a nutritional consult contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

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