CAUSES OF OBESITY IN CATS

Obesity in cats means that the cat’s weight increases by 20% of its average weight, which depends on its age.

Also, excessive obesity in cats may seem like a simple, superficial condition, but it can lead to many health complications in cats. 

Excessive food, lack of movement, and lack of energy use also cause obesity in cats.

Obesity can lead to many health complications, such as:

  • Diabetic.
  • crises
  • Hypertension
  • Cirrhosis
  • Kidney failure
  • heart congestion
  • Urinary tract diseases.
  • cancer
  • joint diseases.

Suppose your cat shows symptoms of obesity, and you find her weight gaining and movement decreasing. In that case, you should go to the veterinary clinic immediately to examine the matter and save the situation before complications occur.

It is not recommended to follow food reduction systems and set small amounts of food to force the cat to eat less when she is underweight because this matter can harm more than benefit the cat’s health.

Also, following systems to reduce cat food intake may lead to fatty liver and other health risks.

Look at your cat’s body from above. If you cannot see the ribs, he is overweight. 

The underlying causes of obesity in cats

There are two main reasons why obesity occurs in cats.

  • Increase food: Sometimes, cat owners put a bowl full of dry food throughout the day without limits, which the cat eats from at any time, and this behavior is known medically as “free feeding.”

Cats are like humans. Imagine that you have your favorite food in front of you unlimitedly. Some people continue to eat even if they are complete, as well as cats.  

  • Lack of exercise: Decreased activity and lack of movement are among cats’ most important causes of obesity.

The movement also helps the cat’s body burn a lot of calories; on the contrary, lack of exercise helps concentrate them in the body and convert them into fat.

Lack of movement in and of itself can cause other health complications, such as osteoporosis.

How to prevent obesity in your cat?

  • Follow a healthy and integrated diet.
  • Persistence in daily exercises, whether running, jumping, or walking.

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