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Obesity Is your cat fat?

Cats have unhealthy eating habits that are very much like ours: consuming food that is high in calories and carbohydrates. But we play a big role in our cat’s weight by giving them too many treats, free feeding, and feeding human food. We live in a “food is love” culture, and it’s very hard to say no.

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am surprised that talking about obesity is a taboo topic - even when it is about your cat - also with veterinarians. A video study done of veterinarian cat appointments showed that very few vets even broach the subject, and the ones who did “used humor to strengthen the vet-client relationship”; and spoke directly to the cat. “Squirt, you sure are a big boy for your name.” (Said in their high-pitched cat voice.) It’s a serious topic. Media encourages an unhealthy view of ideal cat weight by publishing images of cats who are overweight; therefore, a lot of people don’t understand what an average sized cat should look like. I use the nine-point system body chart that visually demonstrates emaciated to obese. A 4-5 body score is ideal, 6 is considered overweight and 7+ is obese. Over half of the cats in the United States are overweight, which is defined as 20% more than ideal body weight. Similar to us humans, “ideal” is different for each of us. Measured in pounds, for an average body framed cat, about 10 pounds is ideal.

Why are some cats able to regulate their eating, while others overeat? We think of resisting food temptation as self-control, but cats don’t have an emotional attachment to food like we do. Cats do normally regulate their food intake to their energy requirements, however, in some instances, cats are not able to do that. Research shows this is linked to leptins - the hormones that regulate energy balance by inhibiting hunger. There was a study done where they increased the leptin levels in cats, but they continued to overeat, which concluded that some cats have leptin resistance. If you observe your cat scarfing down meals and gaining weight, leptin resistance could be a contributing factor.

What are the risks of feline obesity? The list of risk factors for obese cats is a long one! A shortened life span is almost guaranteed; a study on dogs showed they lived two years less than their slim counterparts and suggests that this data is the same for cats. Scientific evidence now shows that fat tissue is biologically active. It secretes inflammatory hormones and creates oxidative stress on the body’s tissue - both of which contribute to many diseases that are related to chronic, low-level inflammatory conditions. Obese cats are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, urinary tract disease, bladder stones, skin What causes a cat to be overweight? There are many contributing factors; genetics plays a role in problems, arthritis and faster degeneration of joints. your cat’s weight, as does behavior and lifestyle. Certain purebred cats, such as Siamese and Abyssinian tend to be more How do I know if I’m overfeeding my cat? lean. Middle-aged cats are more obese than younger cats. But The feeding instructions on cat food are generalized, and often at the end of the day, it is the same for all species: consuming don’t guide you in the best way to understand how many calories your cat needs per day. I like to use this simplified calculamore calories than you can burn off. tion to figure out cat daily caloric intake:


Convert your cat’s weight in pounds to kilograms. For example, an 11-pound cat = 5kg Multiply the kg times 30 and add 70. For example, our 11-pound cat = 5kg X 30 + 70 = 220 kilo calories per day (kcals) For weight loss, feed 70% of this — 0.70 X 200 = 154 Read the labels on your cat food, not all of them communicate the kcals, and if not, send an email to the manufacturer and ask for the information. I find most are happy to respond quickly. The can I happened to grab while writing this article, has 172 kcal/5.5 oz can, which means I would feed about a can a day to the 11-pound cat.

7. Skip treat time and replace with toy or catnip time 8. One vet suggests feeding your cat a moderately palatable food to slow down intake. 9. Increase exercise/activity - playing for just 10 minutes per day is as effective as calorie restriction. Have more interactive wand-toy play with your cat; play fetch; use a laser light (but give a healthy treat at the end); harness/leash train your cat for walks; place beds in places where they have to climb up to get on them; build a catio with climbing structures and shelves.

10. Do regular weigh-ins every 2-3 weeks to monitor progress. It is important to go slow and take the pounds off a little at a 1. Feed 70% less than the suggested amount of calories per time; a crash diet or fasting is detrimental to your cat’s health. day, using the formula above When overweight cats lose some of their excess poundage, 2. Limit, or stop feeding dry kibble; it is very high in carbohydrates it has been shown it increases their daily functioning. Mobility, grooming and overall mood improves. I’d love to see some 3. Choose a quality canned food or raw food diet of your before and after weight loss photos - send to: molly@ 4. Do not free feed; cats are snackers (not meal eaters) and catbehaviorsolutions.org need to be fed frequently throughout the day - a minimum of Molly DeVoss is a cat expert and a Certified Feline Trainthree times (I feed mine five times a day) ing and Behavior Specialist. She is the Executive Director 10 things you can do to get weight off your cat:

5. Use a food puzzle - studies have shown cats who have food given in bowls expend fewer calories than feral cats who have to hunt for their meals. For canned or raw food, put the food in a coffee cup and lay it down on its side on a mat . 6. Switch to healthy, low calorie treats such as shaved turkey breast (low sodium and without seasoning, found at your deli counter), or freeze-dried chicken

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A third procedure is the tendonectomy, in which the tendon 3. A third procedure is the tendonectomy, in which the homes tendon If you choose to select a family member or close is to them intocat new that controls themate claw goal in each toeplace is severed. The keeps their with thatto controls the claw insimilar each toe severed. The cat keeps their friend, then consider setting up a Pet Trust make toisextend their previous Someclaws, but can’tpeople control them or them to humans. scratch. This claws, but can’t control them or extend them to scratch. This sure that pets continue to receive the necessary careis associated times, thewith newahome is on a fixed income and the procedure high incidence of abnormally procedure is associated with a high incidence of abnormally By Diana Dorantes, MSHA, MSP claw more and challenging for the rest of their lives. A Will may notthick be the bestgrowth. cost Therefore, of future vet carefrequent is a concern. 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What is DCM? How common is it? Are there known causes? DCM is a serious, but uncommon heart condition that occurs in a genetically predisposed set of dog breeds, as well as dogs deficient in the amino acid Taurine. Over the last five years, an unknown percentage of the reported DCM cases do not specifically fit these usual DCM parameters. This type of scattered data reporting has inhibited DCM investigations. For example, approximately 10% of reported dogs have heart disease, and approximately 8% of those cases are myocardial disease, such as dilated cardiomyopathy, according to Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM, in an article

on pethealthnetwork.com. In essence, dogs with a variety of heart issues have been lumped together in the 500 reported cases since 2014, making it difficult to differentiate between genetic DCM and this suspected newer version. It is important to note that a great deal of other, more common diseases in dogs occur in significantly higher rates than DCM. Up to 60,000 dogs are afflicted with bloat annually and experience a 30% mortality rate. Serious allergies, morbid obesity, diabetes and kidney disease affect thousands to millions of pets annually. And nearly half of dogs reaching age 10 will succumb to cancer. Many pet advocates feel these common and deadly diseases deserve much more consideration, research and preventive measures.

Do grain free diets cause DCM? According to the FDA, less than 1% out of 77 million dogs have developed DCM since 2014, meaning that 99% of dogs are consuming all types of pet food, including grain free, without any link to DCM. In fact, the FDA report states “It’s important to note that the heart-related reports include dogs that have eaten grain-free and graincontaining foods and also include vegetarian or vegan formulations. Therefore, we do not think these cases can be explained simply by whether or not they contain grains, or by brand or manufacturer.” (Q#17 REF1)


Should I change from a grain free to a grain inclusive diet? We recognize and understand how important your companion animals are to you and your family. Ultimately, it is your decision whether or not to change diets (from grain free), and we will support your decision. Our collective group of stores offer a wide variety of grain free as well as grain inclusive pet foods which are professionally formulated and manufactured utilizing universally accepted pet food manufacturing techniques as well as Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) guidelines. Our experienced in-store pet industry professionals can help select a food that will work well for your beloved pets. In addition, our retail pet food experts would be happy to help you implement a healthy rotational diet plan as well as incorporate some high protein toppings or treats that are rich in Taurine and its precursors. These types of dietary upgrades are highly recommended by one of our esteemed pet industry mentors. Board certified veterinary nutritionist Justin Shmalberg suggests these may be helpful in both reducing DCM risks and improving overall pet health. In conjunction with regular veterinary care, we all share the genuine intention of keeping your furry family happy and healthy for years to come.

Your Independent Pet Food Retailers of New Mexico Chad Autry, Bath Brush and Beyond Jeff Smith and Lisa McKitrick, Boofy’s Best for Pets Patrick and Samantha Sanchez, Jack and Rascal’s Norm Shrout and Ken Wormser, Long Leash On Life Susana Vasquez, Pet Food Gone Wild Arie Deller, Arie’s Dogland LLC Laura Moore, Critters and Me

In closing, our retail group is completely dedicated to the Lisa Boegl, Eldorado Country Pet health and well-being of your companion animals. ThankLaurie Wilson, Teca Tu fully, researchers are now studying DCM at a deeper level than ever before. As more information becomes available, Kelley Webb, The Wild Birdhouse & Pet Supplies you can be sure that your Independent Natural Pet Food Retailers will continue to learn more and help guide you in a beneficial direction.

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