Weight Management

With hundreds of choices of cat food, how do you decide what’s best for your cat? Everyone seems to have an opinion on what’s best. As feline veterinarians, we have extensive training, and take the time to make individualized recommendations for your cat, based on your cat’s health or medical needs, and the most up-to-date science.

Being overweight or obese is the most common nutritional disease in cats, with 40-50% of cats in the United States affected. Even though they don’t really watch a lot of TV and drink beer, they are overweight because they are often sedentary and eat too much, or at least too much of a diet that is high in calories.

Preventing obesity increases lifespan and makes your cat more comfortable. It also prevents several health problems, including those that overweight people also have – diabetes, arthritis, and other problems. We assess weight and body condition at each examination.

Are you worried about your cats weight? Please call and we will help. Most importantly, don’t start your cat on “a diet” yourself – a life-threatening health condition can occur if weight loss is too rapid. We are glad to help so that your kitty can be as healthy as possible, and able to jump to all the favorite places. We will recommend a nutritional plan, and calculate out the calories needed by your cat, the amount to feed, and how best to feed your cat so that he or she will still be satisfied.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve tried the ‘light’ foods, but I just can’t seem to get him to lose weight. What can I do?

Specialized diets for cats prone to weight problems have come leaps and bounds over the last few years.  Just like people, some cats lose weight easier on certain foods than other.  We will discuss optimal nutrition for your cat and will assess his daily activities. Feeding schedules and your lifestyle are also important things to consider for a program that is sustainable. We offer and encourage complementary weight checks to be sure your cat is losing weight properly.

What should I feed my cat?

The cat food industry can be overwhelming and we love nutritional counseling.  It is part of our basic consultation because it plays such a large part in your cat’s health.  Proper ratios of canned food and dry food are essential.  There are many misconceptions to what’s “right”.  All pet foods that carry an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) approved nutritional guarantee, often referred to as the “AAFCO statement,” are considered to be complete and balanced for that cat’s life stage.  Depending on the age, lifestyle, and health of your cat, we can recommend feeding schedules and diets that will benefit the overall health of your cat.