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.
- Cat Professionalwww.vetprofessionals.com/catprofessional/publications_gb.html — download or order a paper copy of their book about feline obesity, a very well written and comprehensive resource aimed specifically at owners.
- International Cat Care www.icatcare.org/advice-centre/cat-health/obesity-cats — a good summary of obesity.
- Cornell University Feline Health Centerwww.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/topics.cfm — there is a good section on nutrition and weight control.