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Why You Should Weigh Your Cat Once a Month

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Weighing your cat on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to monitor her health.

Gradual weight loss or gain is often not noticeable in cats until it has become quite dramatic. Consider that the average cat weighs 10 pounds. Weight loss of only 6% of a cat’s body weight is considered a clinical sign – that’s less than ten ounces. Depending on the size of your cat, visible changes to her weight may be too subtle to notice without actually weighing her.Continue Reading

Weight Loss Tips for Cats

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A survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity in 2012 found that a staggering 58% of America’s cats are overweight or obese. These statistics mirror the equally disturbing increase in human obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third of adults in the United States are obese. Our weight loss tips will help your cats reach and maintain a healthy weight.

The serious health problems in cats which result from obesity are the same as in humans:Continue Reading

New Transdermal Drug Can Help Manage Weight Loss in Cats

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Weight loss is a symptom of a variety of different diseases, including hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease, and intestinal disease. “Nearly all chronic diseases that creep up on cats cause insidious weight loss,” says Dr. Tasi, a homeopathic vet and owner of Just Cats Naturally. It is paramount that the underlying cause of weight loss is identified as early as possible in a disease process, which is why it’s so important to weigh your cat regularly. Depending on the size of your cat, visible changes to her weight may be far too subtle to notice without actually weighing her.Continue Reading

Cats on a Diet: Will They Still Love You?

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Last week we wrote about the obesity epidemic among America’s cats (58% of cats in this country are either overweight or obese) and the serious health risks of obesity. What makes this trend so disturbing is that it is created entirely by the guardians who love their cats. There are no obese cats in the wild. Our cats rely on us to make appropriate nutritional choices for them, and one of the biggest mistake cat guardians can make is to equate food with love.

Getting a cat to lose weight can be challenging. It may require making changes to a cat’s feeding schedule, changing the food itself, increasing the amount of time spent playing with the cat, and more. Read Weight Loss Tips for Cats for guidance on how to get your kitty to a healthy weight.Continue Reading

Majority of Cats in the US are Overweight or Obese

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The statistics are staggering: 58% of America’s cats are either overweight or obese. This trend has mirrored an equally disturbing increase in obesity among people. Overweight cats are facing the same health risks as humans, and what is almost as disturbing as the statistics themselves is that this problem is created entirely by humans. There are no obese cats in the wild. Obesity is the direct result of poor dietary choices for cats, free choice feeding, an overabundance of treats, and a lack of exercise.Continue Reading

Why You Should Weigh Your Cat Regularly

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Your cat’s weight can be a good indicator of her health – but only if you keep track of it. Gradual weight loss or gain can be difficult to recognize in cats. Consider that the average cat weighs 10 pounds. Weight loss of only 6% of a cat’s body weight is considered a clinical sign – that’s less than ten ounces. Depending on the size of your cat, visible changes to her weight may be too subtle to notice without actually weighing her.

Dr. Andrea Tasi, a homeopathic vet and owner of Just Cats Naturally, considers weight the 4th vital sign.Continue Reading

Tailio Turns Your Cat’s Litter Box into a Smart Health Monitor

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America’s cats aren’t getting the health care they deserve. There are many reasons why cats aren’t being seen by veterinarians on a regular basis, but one of the main ones is the fact that cats are masters at hiding signs of illness. By the time a cat shows any symptoms, a disease may already be in the advanced stages, requiring more extensive, and expensive, care. Tailio could be a game changer for cats and their guardians. This innovative device can help cat guardians detect and address potential problems early.Continue Reading

Feline Obesity: Don’t Let Your Cat Become a Statistic

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percentage of overweight or obese cats in recent decades

Did you know that a staggering 53% of America’s cats are considered overweight or obese? This trend has been on a disturbing increase, and mirrors the equally disturbing increase in human obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one third of adults in the United States are obese.

The serious health problems in cats which result from obesity are the same as in humans:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis, joint problems and and torn or strained ligaments
  • Heart and respiratory problems
  • Gastro-interstinal and digestive problems
  • Compromised immune system
  • Increased risk during anesthesia and surgery

There are several factors that contribute to weight gain in cats:Continue Reading