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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