A lot of times we think a fat cat is a happy cat but this really isn't true. Obesity can make our pets more susceptible to several diseases. Some of these diseases include diabetes mellitus, hepatic lipidosis, dermatologic conditions, and pain from osteoarthritis. Hepatic lipidosis and diabetes are the scariest diseases but the extra pain from having too much weight on old joints is a problem that obese pets have to suffer from everyday of their life.
I tell people to get their cat to lose weight all the time but I have an obese cat at home who I love very much. So in honor of pet obesity day on October 7th, I have committed to getting my obese senior to lose weight.
This is Graciella.
And here she is trying to hide her weight with unflattering clothing.
She is a 10 year spayed female domestic short hair who I adopted from my sister about 6 years ago. I have noticed that she is a little bit slower and more reluctant to jump up onto furniture in the last couple of years. These changes can be from her age but they can also be from the extra weight she is carrying. Here is video of her slowly jumping on her cat tree for her dinner.
Before starting her on a diet, I ran a Senior Screen that makes sure her kidneys and liver are okay for her new diet. She currently weighs 12 lbs and 14 oz. Her ideal weight is 8 lbs.
Here is the diet plan I made for her. Her official new diet start date is October 1st, 2015 but I have already started to transition her onto Hill's Metabolic. Wish us luck!
If you're looking for more information about pet obesity, here is a great website to get more information: http://www.petobesityprevention.org.