Cat wtih food dishes Like humans, overweight cats are at risk for health problems and do not generally live as long as cats that are trim
A story out of Nashville (where I live) received national media attention. It concerned Buddha, an extremely overweight cat who was rescued from Metro Animal Control by Penny Adams, a volunteer at the . Buddha had been relinquished by his cat parents due to family issues. His weight? 31.4 pounds, which is more than twice the weight of an average cat. Penny rescued him while visiting Metro Animal Control to take pictures of cats available for adoption. She brought Buddha back to the Cat Shoppe, a store owned by Chris Achord who has spent many years rescuing countless numbers of cats. Buddha was seen by the veterinarians at Animalia Wellness clinic in Franklin and put on a regime of the appropriate amount of cat food and exercise. Part of Buddha’s exercise plan included regular sessions on the water treadmill.
Keeping your cat in healthy weight range not only improves your pet's quality of life; it can also save you, the parent, a lot of money. Pet owners spend millions of dollars every year fighting health problems caused by obesity, according to . Whether you have an obese cat now, one who's showing warning signs of being overweight, or just general concerns about her potential for obesity, taking steps to improve your cat's food intake and activity level benefits the whole family. To keep your cat maintaining a healthy weight, be sure to continually monitor that activity level and have your vet regularly evaluate her weight and dietary needs.
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If obesity doesn’t directly cause diabetes, then what does? Well, with cats just as with people, it definitely pays to have good genes. Some cats simply have genes that make them more or less likely to get diabetes, and more or less likely to get lots of other diseases as well. The story doesn’t stop there, though. Other environmental factors play a big part in either getting or avoiding a disease such as diabetes. Without question, for the cat (and for most humans as well), the most important environmental factor that causes diabetes is diet. Because today’s indoor cat is almost always eating dry cat food, with its extremely high processed carb (essentially sugar) content, a cat with any genetic tendency to become obese and/or become diabetic will do just that when sugar is a large part of its diet. In my many years of practice, I have never seen a diabetic cat that was eating canned food only. Also, I have never seen an overweight cat that was eating canned food only. The onset of obesity and diabetes is triggered by constant flooding of the cat’s system with refined carbohydrate from the dry diet, day after day, month after month and year after year. This steady sugar rush finally exhausts the small pancreatic capabilities of the carnivore because the cat’s evolution never prepared it for a constant high-sugar diet. In some cats, relentless sugar surges cause the cat pancreas to turn that sugar to fat. Obesity, with or without diabetes, follows.Some cats simply eat more than others and some are more active than others. Many cat owners follow the practice of “free feeding” – keeping the food bowl full and allowing the cat to eat at his discretion. While this works for some cats, other cats will eat as long as food is available. Free feeding is a because they need extra protein and energy to fuel their growth and development. For adult and senior cats, however, the metabolism slows down once the cat reaches its adult size so its needs for calories decrease as well. If your cat likes to eat and you continue to practice free feeding, it is your fault and not his if he becomes overweight.