Feline Obesity

Feline ObesityWe are in the age of memes on the internet where seeing an obese cat is funny to the public but it has become an ongoing problem where the cat, alone, becomes victim to obesity. This is a concern for cat owners and Veterinarians. Like any habit, reducing feline obesity needs to be incorporated into a lifestyle change.

Starting while they are kittens is a way to reduce the risk to your cat. As a kitten, they need to be encouraged to have a time set apart as playtime where the pet can burn up some of the calories that could eventually be turned into fat. This is as easy as five-minute sessions twice a day.

Another aspect is food intake. Many owners give in to feeding their cat often when their cat becomes vocal. The answer to this is having the cat feel satisfied without needing extra feedings. There are options to go about this and some your cat may be on board with. Increased fiber and water intake cause increased gastric filling which makes your cat feel full. Canned wet food is a good option for this as it has more water incorporated in the food and typically it is less calorie dense as well. Another option is feeding smaller meals more often throughout the day. This schedule is actually what cats are by nature accustomed to. As cats are known to be able to take care of themselves often times the owner is not around as much. An automatic feeder fixes this problem while removing the urge to fill the bowl more out of guilt or love.

Lastly is the type of food, if the owner catches themselves still adding a little extra to the food bowl a weight management food could be the best option. This way feeding an amount the owner feels comfortable with can still give the cat a long-term positive effect on their pet’s weight management. At times with these changes, the weight still does not seem to be falling off. This could be caused by giving too many treats. The idea for reducing feline obesity is generally lower intake. Less food can mean an upset kitty but as long as your pet is kept entertained the results will be worth it. If you are having trouble getting your feline friend to lose weight, consult with your Veterinarian. They will be able to assist you in getting on the right track.

Utah Veterinary Hospital
801-692-1563
161 East 30 North
American Fork Ut 84003

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I brought in my 9 week old kitten who had an injured leg. They were so compassionate and took the best care of him. He is in a splint and will do... read more

Melissa D.

UVH is awesome! I take my puppy Kona here and the whole staff is wonderful and welcoming and take care of Kona with care! I'm glad I chose this... read more

TaNaya H.

Absolutely amazing! I would recommend them to everyone! Not one animal hospital in salt lake would see my guinea pig, the drive was a little far but... read more

Anastasia A.

My pet rabbit seemed to be in pain and I called Utah Veterinary Hospital to see if I could bring him in for an emergency appointment. They were able... read more

Chanel N.

Dr. Rivera and his aides are wonderful! The same cannot be said about the current front desk receptionists. They desperately need training in public... read more

Debbie W.

I was impressed by the vets knowledge as the species of lizard i have aren't super common yet in the pet trade but he knew exactly what was going on... read more

Riley H.

Dr.Rivera & Erin did an amazing job caring for our bunny Gracie. I'm so glad we found a veterinarian willing and with experience working with... read more

Elise

This is the best vet in Utah County. They treat both cats, dogs and other exotic animals. The doctors are super helpful. The staff is incredibly... read more

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Melissa D.

I brought in my 9 week old kitten who had an injured leg. They were so compassionate and took the best care of him. He is in a splint and will do laser therapy to heal quicker. I am so grateful they had a cancellation and could get me in. Dakota and Dr Rivera explained everything to me with upfront pricing that I could afford. I will be bringing both of my kittens here for all their veterinary needs. Again I am so grateful, a day later and my kitten is comfortable and healing.

TaNaya H.

UVH is awesome! I take my puppy Kona here and the whole staff is wonderful and welcoming and take care of Kona with care! I'm glad I chose this veterinary hospital!

Anastasia A.

Absolutely amazing! I would recommend them to everyone! Not one animal hospital in salt lake would see my guinea pig, the drive was a little far but well worth it!! Great staff and doctors. Very clean and so welcoming!!!

Chanel N.

My pet rabbit seemed to be in pain and I called Utah Veterinary Hospital to see if I could bring him in for an emergency appointment. They were able to get him scheduled within a few hours, which was miraculous considering we had not been to this clinic before. Tragically, they found my rabbit was too ill to continue living. Throughout the entire process all of the staff were empathic, compassionate, and caring. They even sent a personalized card a week later expressing their condolences. I highly recommend their services and plan to take any future pets there for care. Thank you so much for your support during this hard time for our family.

Debbie W.

Dr. Rivera and his aides are wonderful! The same cannot be said about the current front desk receptionists. They desperately need training in public relations. When I expressed my frustration with one of them, she told me I could go to a different vet. As per her suggestion, that’s exactly what I’ve done.

Riley H.

I was impressed by the vets knowledge as the species of lizard i have aren't super common yet in the pet trade but he knew exactly what was going on and taught me something new. I would recommend this vet for anyone with a reptile or other exotic pet. All the staff were very nice and helpful as well!!

Elise

Dr.Rivera & Erin did an amazing job caring for our bunny Gracie. I'm so glad we found a veterinarian willing and with experience working with bunnies. Thank you for all your hard work! It's very much appreciated & it means a lot to us.

Matt S.

This is the best vet in Utah County. They treat both cats, dogs and other exotic animals. The doctors are super helpful. The staff is incredibly friendly and so nice and my pet is very afraid of the doctors and we had a little emergency and they were able to get us in same day and we just had a wonderful experience.
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