Overweight Cat Help
Even with the knowledge that excess weight predisposes our pets to the risk of other diseases, obesity still remains a significant problem in our pet population. Up to 40% of pet dogs and cats in Canada suffer from obesity. Prevention is best and feeding appropriate quantities of quality foods play a key role in precluding obesity and its consequences. The veterinary diets we supply are scientifically proven to provide the nutritional needs of our pets and offer them a healthy foundation for everyday life. We are also happy to offer nutritional consultations for all of your pets.
How do I know if my cat is overweight?
Cats that have been spayed or neutered have a lower metabolic rate and therefore are more susceptible to putting on those extra pounds. A cat with a healthy body condition will have a thin layer of fat covering their rib cage area. The ribs should be slightly prominent and easily felt. If you are looking at your cat from above, they should be well proportioned with an obvious lumbar waist. From the side, they should have an abdominal tuck present.
How can I help my cat to lose weight?
The first step is to transition your cat to a proven safe and effective weight loss diet. Metabolic measurements of your cat can be taken during your cat’s appointment and put into our SlimFit weight loss program app for pets. This will tailor a weight loss plan specifically for your pet to ensure a more successful outcome. Monthly weigh-ins are also recommended to monitor your pet’s progress over time. Exercise plans can also be beneficial for your cat’s weight loss. It can be as simple as getting them to go up and down the stairs a few times a day.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
If your pet is already facing excess weight or obesity we can help you with a safe and successful weight loss regime. Our partnerships with reputed veterinary pet food companies allow us to effectively tackle and track weight loss resulting in a healthier and happier pet. In the case of overweight pets, it is advisable to have an appointment with a veterinarian to rule out any metabolic disease process prior to approaching weight loss through diet alone.