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Approximately 50% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese.Obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, can be detrimental to the health of a cat. The overweight pet has many added stresses upon his body and is at an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain.

Tiger an obese cat

Chubby Cats...It’s Epidemic!

What Is An Ideal Weight? Many factors determine a cat’s ideal weight. They include, age, breed, bone structure, gender and lifestyle. However, the average healthy adult cat should weigh between 7 and 11 pounds. Females, however, may tend to weigh less than males.
 
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Tiger the 35 Pound Cat

Is Your Cat Too Fat?

Obesity develops when energy intake exceeds energy requirements. The excess energy is then stored as fat. Once a pet is obese, he may remain obese even after excessive caloric intake stops. The majority of cases of obesity are related to simple overfeeding coupled with lack of exercise.

 

Do You Have a Flabby Feline?

If you notice she cleans the floors with her stomach—there is a problem! All joking aside, health risks of obesity are real. It contributes to many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung disease, high blood pressure, compromised immune function and can even predispose to certain types of cancer. It has been well documented that cats maintaining an ideal body weight live longer, and with less disease, than overweight cats. It is a fact that cats will live shorter lives if obesity is not addressed.

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Feline Obesity: An Epidemic of Fat Cats

When was the last time you saw an obese lion? How about a chubby cheetah? Or a fat tiger  Have you ever seen an overweight leopard or panther  If you have ever watched nature programs on TV, I am sure that you know the answer to the questions just posed. 
 
The answer is "never."
 

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has launched campaigns to fight pet obesity within the veterinary medical community, veterinary schools, and state and local veterinary organizations, and has reached out to various media outlets. We are made up of dedicated veterinarians and veterinary healthcare personnel who are committed to making the lives of dogs, cats, all other animals and people healthier and more vital.

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Obesity in Cats

An overweight cat is a cat that is suffering.
 
Obesity in cats is not a joke. It's an extremely serious condition that leads to all kinds of health disorders, including a potentially fatal condition called hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease), diabetes, nonallergic skin conditions, and even urinary tract disorders.
 

Fat Cats: Causes, Hazards, and Solutions to Feline Obesity

Cat caregivers have come to realize more and more that fat cats are not healthy cats. Even the Guinness record book no longer indexes fat cats because of the health dangers to cats by potential contenders. 
 
Let's face it: grossly obese cats are no longer considered cute. 
 

Feline Obesity: How to Help Your Cat Slim Down

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), approximately 55 percent –- 47 million -- of U.S. cats are overweight or obese. APOP reports that most cat owners do not seem to realize when their pets are overweight, and “fat cats” have become the dangerous new normal. We must address this weighty issue for the health of our feline friends!

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Obesity in Cats ... and What to do About an Overweight Cat

Ever wonder what to do about your overweight cat? Overweight and actually obese cats outnumber cats of normal weight and are being seen more and more commonly by veterinarians for various disorders. In fact, obesity in cats can predispose the cat to diabetes, hepatic lipidosis and arthritis.

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Survey Results: Pet Obesity Rates Rise, Cats Heavier Than Ever

US pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012 with the number of overweight cats reaching an all-time high. The sixth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats to be overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals approximately 80 million U.S. dogs and cats at increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension and many cancers.

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