Risks for Overweight Cats

As little as two pounds above the ideal body weight can put your cat at risk for developing some serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, when a cat is overweight or obese it no longer is a question of “if” your cat will develop a condition secondary to the excess weight but “how soon and how serious!” Some of the common disorders associated with excess weight include:

▪    Type 2 diabetes (an obese cat is 300% more likely to develop this serious disease as a cat of normal weight)

▪    Heart disease

▪    Osteoarthritis (arthritis)

▪    Increased frequency of joint injuries

▪    High blood pressure

▪    Some forms of cancer – especially intra-abdominal cancers

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