Over half of the domestic cats in the United States are overweight or obese, and these cats are at risk for many health problems.

Whether it is due to poor diets, overfeeding or not enough exercise, more and more cats are reaching unhealthy weights every single day. When many of us think of fat cats, we often think of the hilarious, lasagna-obsessed cat that graced the funnies in our Sunday morning papers for years, but in reality, fat cats are no laughing matter. Overweight and obese cats are at a higher risk for many health problems, including:

#1. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which your cat’s insulin requirements are greater than their ability to produce or use insulin. Diabetes can be incredibly expensive to treat in cats, but without treatment, it could lead to dehydration, vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, motor function problems, coma and, in some cases, even death.

#2. Joint Trouble

Excess weight puts added pressure on your cat’s ligaments, tendons and joints. This can lead to joint issues, including arthritis, which can make it difficult for your cat to get around like he or she used to.

#3. Pet Surgery

A cat who is overweight or obese has a much higher risk of needing pet surgery due to the effects on their lung and heart function. It can also compromise their kidney function, which could prevent anesthetic drugs from metabolizing properly.

At cat who is overweight or obese is at a higher risk for so many different health conditions and diseases. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about the steps you can take to help your cat lose weight.