It is estimated that approximately 1 in 4 cats in the UK is obese (>20% heavier than their ideal body weight), with an even greater percentage considered to be overweight. Obesity is a disease, and it should be viewed and treated as such. Cats that are overweight are more susceptible to other conditions such as diabetes, urinary tract disease, arthritis, skin disease, liver disease and decreased immune function. They play less, move less, find it harder to breathe and are at a higher anaesthetic risk. These are serious health problems so if your cat is overweight, speak with your vet for tips on how to give your cat a healthier lifestyle.