Obesity in Cats: Symptoms
In the previous article, “Obesity in Cats,” we talked about the causes and treatment of the disease. In it, we noted that obesity develops gradually: from insignificant weight gain to a real threat to health. It is very important to notice in time that the contours of the pet began to “blur” in order to quickly adjust the diet and prevent the development of the problem. But how to do that? What signs indicate overweight?
Surprisingly, many owners do not even realize that their pets are overweight. A well-fed cat can look cute, and her increased interest in food can easily be attributed to her personal qualities: “Yes, he just loves to eat!” But, unfortunately, sooner or later, excess weight will certainly declare itself on the negative side – and, probably, in a categorical form. To prevent this from happening, you need to know what signs indicate excess weight, in order to adjust the diet in time and return the pet to perfect physical shape! Unfortunately, if you run this question, the “insignificant” excess weight will turn into already significant obesity. And with it, and in a huge number of problems, which will be more difficult to deal with.
So, the symptoms of obesity in cats:
– The ribs are not palpable.
Normally, the contours of the cat’s ribs are easy to feel. If it’s hard for you to do this, be sure that the pet’s weight is above normal. The more excess weight, the more difficult the ribs are felt. And one more clue: in a cat with a normal weight, when it lies on its side, the ribs are somewhat distinguished, while with excess weight the border of the ribs and abdomen is practically not noticeable.
Obesity in cats symptoms
“You can’t see the cat breathing.”
When overweight, the cat’s respiratory movements are visually almost invisible. Normally, if the cat lies on its side, each inhalation and exhalation is easily monitored.
– Waddling gait.
If your cat is not pregnant, not sick, but walks “like a duck”, shifting from foot to foot, then she is overweight. And it doesn’t matter if such a feature seems to you an alternative to the “moon walk” – you need to fight with excess weight!
Here are three main signs that will help determine whether it’s time for a pet to diet. Before changing the diet, do not forget to consult a veterinarian, he will provide useful recommendations.
We wish that your cat’s figure always remains exemplary and does not exceed the feline threshold “90-60-90”!