Garfield may make fat cats look cute, but the problems that arise from feline obesity are far from funny. Extra pounds on your cat can cause feline diabetes, arthritis, breathing difficulties and heart disease. Sadly, feline obesity is on the rise in the United States. According to a survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, currently 54% of all cats are considered obese. With over half of the kitties in the country dealing with weight issues, it is time to make a positive change.
1. Visit the Vet to Get a Handle on Your Cat's Condition
Before your kitty starts its diet, it is important that it sees a veterinarian. The doctor will test your feline’s blood and urine levels to ensure that a thyroid or metabolic dysfunction is not responsible for the weight gain. If your cat is physically normal besides the extra weight, talk over a diet plan with your vet. Get your kitty’s exact measurements and find out what its ideal weight should be. This will create a safe starting point for you cat’s weight-loss journey. ( petMD)