Cat Weight Loss Specialist Loudon TN

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.

Myers, Stephanie, Dvm - Lenoir City Animal Clinic
(865) 986-5450
601 Highway 321 N
Lenoir City, TN

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(423) 337-7432
116 Sands Rd
Sweetwater, TN

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(865) 376-1100
410 E Race St
Kingston, TN

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(865) 539-6811
10017 Hardin Valley Rd
Knoxville, TN

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(800) 621-1370
2833 Louisville Rd
Louisville, TN
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Lenoir City Animal Clinic PC
(865) 986-5450
601 Highway 321 N
Lenoir City, TN

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(865) 966-3888
215 Ctr Park Dr Ste 700
Knoxville, TN

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Pellissippi Vet Hospital
(888) 877-2609
1727 Schaeffer Rd
Knoxville, TN

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(865) 983-3155
2930 Little Dug Gap Rd
Louisville, TN

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(865) 982-1007
235 S Calderwood St
Alcoa, TN

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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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