Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners is marking the occasion with the launch of a new educational resource for chubby kitties, which you can access here.
The association points out that a whopping 57 percent of cats are now overweight or just plain fat, which can lead to such health issues as diabetes, heart disease, liver ailments and more, along with a potentially decreased life span.
In addition to altering their diets and encouraging them to get more exercise, the AAFP suggests that kitties receive routine check-ups, which are vital to promoting a long, healthy life for your cat. Obesity is one of the conditions your vet will examine during a yearly check-up.
Since just a few extra pounds can put your cat at risk or even in pain, your veterinarian will assess this and create an individualized plan. Some cat owners avoid vet visits because they can be stressful for both the cat and themselves. However, choosing a vet who has earned the AAFP’s Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) designation is an effective way to mitigate stress.
The CFP designation means that a practice has made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment such as feline-only waiting areas and examination rooms.
Their staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat. To locate a CFP in your area, visit: http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/find-vets-and-practices.
Photos from the AAFP