Overweight Cat Help
One of the biggest problems we have in veterinarian medicine is obesity. Many people show their love for their cats with food and treats, not realizing they are in fact setting their cats up for serious health problems and pain. The number of calories your cats ingest is determined only by you, and thus it is your responsibility to ensure they maintain an optimal weight so they can enjoy their lives to the fullest.
Is my cat fat?
Veterinarians use body condition score (BCS) criteria to classify each pet. Some of the criteria include being able to feel the ribs, but not see them, pinching in at the waist and tucking up under the belly. It is not just the BCS that is relevant to your veterinary team, the muscle condition score (MSC) is something else we measure to evaluate the health of your pets. It is crucial in maintaining good muscling, especially when losing weight.
How can my cat lose weight?
Cats can lose weight, but it is hard and requires commitment. Preventing obesity should be on every cat owner’s priority list, especially if your cat is indoors. Firstly, it is important to ensure you are feeding an appropriate amount of calories. It does not matter how great the food you feed is, if you feed too many calories, your cat will gain weight. Maintaining adequately high protein diet is also important to ensure the weight loss is from fat and not muscle. Often a canned diet over a dry diet can help to shed weight faster in cats. Don’t forget to keep them active and mentally enriched. A bored cat will become fixated on food and over eat.
What is offered in nutritional consultation?
A nutrition consult will review your pet’s diet history, body condition score and muscle condition score. We will set a weight goal and customize a dietary plan that will help you and your pet achieve this goal.