Just like people, it's normal for pets to gain weight over time, especially as we start to get comfortable in our relationship. You may not even notice that there's a little more of your cat to love, until your vet points out the problem. Unfortunately, extra weight on a small animal like a cat can pose a serious risk, considering that the average domestic cat should weigh no more than 10 pounds.
Your little tubby buddy may be cute, but all that extra weight is unhealthy for him. Just like humans, extra weight puts cats at risk for many serious health problems. Diabetes mellitus, arthritis, heart and respiratory disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, skin problems, some forms of cancer and a shorter life span are just some of the risk factors that come with feline obesity. You love your cat and you want to keep him around as long as possible, so it's time to help him get healthy. But how do you know if your cat is overweight?
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, the following weight ranges are appropriate for healthy cats. Keep in mind that a couple of extra pounds on a small animal like a cat is much different than a few extra pounds on you. With an animal as small as a cat, even a couple of pounds of extra weight can make a big difference in its overall health. If you are concerned, it is always best to check with your veterinarian.
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