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Obesity is a very common issue in cats; 25 to 30 percent of cats are obese. This is not just an issue of looks. Obesity causes several diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease, musculoskeletal disease, liver disease, and urinary disease.
All cats are prone to obesity, but some are more at risk, including:
Your vet will feel your cat's body, and easily make a diagnosis. He may also perform blood and urine tests to rule out other diseases.
To lose weight, your cat must burn more calories than it eats. This consists of:
Healthy weight loss takes time. Make sure you visit your vet often to follow-up on your cat's weight and overall health.
Feline obesity can be treated successfully with a proper diet and weight maintenance. Most problems caused by feline obesity will be reversed with weight loss.
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