The Health Risks of Obesity in Cats

People aren’t the only ones whose health suffers when the body weight creeps up. Obesity is a serious health concern in cats that can trigger a long list of health problems, some which could be life-threatening. If you are worried that your cat is overweight, make an appointment to discuss this at your animal hospital. Your veterinarian can determine a healthy weight for your cat and recommend a diet plan, if need be. Here are some of the risks of leaving obesity untreated in your cat.

Type 2 Diabetes

As in humans, obesity can change the way your cat’s body uses insulin. He or she may become insulin resistant, which means that his or cells can’t use glucose for energy efficiently, leading to an increase in blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes can damage your cat’s heart, kidneys, and eyes and can be life-threatening without proper treatment. Losing weight can make your cat’s type 2 diabetes easier to manage and may allow him or her to stop taking medication for the condition.

Osteoarthritis

Being overweight puts pressure on your cat’s joints, causing them to wear down. This joint wear-and-tear is called osteoarthritis and can significantly impact your cat’s mobility and quality of life. Although osteoarthritis can occur in healthy-weight cats as they age, being overweight causes joint deterioration to happen much earlier in life.

Urinary Tract Infections

Feline interstitial cystitis is a common type of urinary tract infection in cats that causes discomfort and inappropriate urination. Although this disease can happen to any cat, obesity increases the risks. Veterinarians believe that there is a link between stress and feline interstitial cystitis, and the physical stress caused by obesity can trigger an infection.

Don’t let obesity take a toll on your cat’s life. Talk to your regular veterinarian or one of the veterinarians at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group about making your cat’s diet healthier to help him or her lose the excess weight. Our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney also provides cat neutering, cat teeth cleaning, and everything else you need to keep your feline companion happy and healthy. Schedule an appointment today by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

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