Fat cats may be funny looking and it can be easier to feed your cat than enforcing a diet but allowing your cat to be consistently overweight can present some major health risks. Some studies note feline obesity as the number one health risk for indoor cats. And it is easy to see how! Here are a couple key things you need to consider:
- People food is a big no-no. Sure, most people don’t feed their cat human food but many do. And as a result, many cats are grossly obese! Consider the fact that a cat may weight 6-8lbs. If your cat is obese they may already weigh closer to 10-15lbs. Even at a heavier weight, consider how calorically dense a piece of cheese or milk is to your cat! If you need to watch your calories, imagine how impactful that little bit of food is for you cat!
- Try using an automatic feeder to keep your cat trim. The problem starts when your cat starts bothering you for food. And they sure can be persistent! By using an automatic feeder, you dissociate yourself from the feeding process which means your cat will simply wait at the automatic feeder rather than hover around you for food!
- Try using a food puzzle for your cat! A food puzzle forces your cat to work in order eat. These vary greatly in complexity but most often it simply requires the cat to use their paws to grab the food rather than just putting their face right in. Rather than another obese cat lounging around, let’s create a funny cat meme that includes a cat shaping up using a food challenge!
- Obesity can lead to major health issues! When cats stop feeling well it is not uncommon for them to stop eating. In a fat cat, this can quickly cause hepatic lipidosis. While normally anorexia in a cat could be caught and managed, hepatic lipidosis can cause liver effects as rapidly as 24 hours.