Cat Weight Loss Specialist Atascadero CA

Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis.

Bowls, Karen F, Dvm - Veterinary Medical Ctr
(805) 461-3002
8165 Morro Rd # A
Atascadero, CA

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Main Street Small Animal Hosp
(805) 434-2002
80 S Main St
Templeton, CA

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Paso Petcare
(805) 238-1091
527 Pine St Ste C
Paso Robles, CA

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Gutierrez, Lucy, Dvm - Paso Petcare
(805) 238-1091
527 Pine St # C
Paso Robles, CA

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Animal Hospital-San Luis Obisp
(805) 543-0985
642 California Blvd
San Luis Obispo, CA

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Aaronian, Matthew, Dvm - Atascadero Pet Ctr
(805) 466-3880
9575 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA

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North County Animal Hospital
(805) 238-5882
825 24th St
Paso Robles, CA

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Alliance Veterinary Clinic
(805) 239-1580
825 Riverside Ave Ste 1
Paso Robles, CA

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Edna Valley Vet Med Ctr Inc
(805) 541-8246
4860 Davenport Creek Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA

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San Luis Obispo Veterinary
(805) 543-4912
2963 S Higuera St
San Luis Obispo, CA

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Time to Put Kitty on a Diet?

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By Nora Simmons

We laugh about our fat cats, but it’s no joke that 45 percent of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and that the incidence of feline diabetes has increased fivefold in the last 30 years. Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis. Help your flabby feline lose weight and keep it off with this diet plan from Regina Schwabe, DVM, of Pamplin Animal Wellness Services in Pamplin, Virginia.

1. Before putting your puss on a diet, have your vet test his kidney, liver, and thyroid functions.

2. Ditch the dry food, which is too high in carbs for cats, and think the “Catkins” diet: 40 percent to 45 percent protein, 40 percent to 45 percent fat, and only 3 percent to 5 percent carbs. A high-quality canned or raw food is best, but make the change slowly because if Garfield goes on a hunger strike, he can quickly develop feline fatty-liver syndrome, which can be deadly.

3. Feed him about 2 percent of his body weight in three to four small daily meals, and provide plenty of fresh water.

4. Get him off his rump as much as possible. “One strategy,” says Schwabe, “is to place the food in several small dishes scattered about the house to encourage searching behavior.”

Author: Nora Simmons

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