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Number of fat cats soars

Dogs aren’t the only ones fighting obesity.

By Vetstreet May 2, 2013 2:43PM

A new study finds the number of overweight cats is at an all-time high.

Conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey found that 58 percent of cats were reported to be overweight or obese by their veterinarians. That’s up 5 percent from the group’s 2010 survey.

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The research also found that 53 percent of dogs are overweight or obese.

“Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” said the association's founder, Dr. Ernie Ward. “We continue to see an escalation in the number of overweight cats and an explosion in the number of Type 2 diabetes cases.”

More: Obese Dachshund drops 40 pounds

Now about 80 million cats and dogs in the United States are at increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes and many cancers, according to the study.

Experts say that one of the biggest issues in fighting pet obesity is that many times owners do not recognize their dog or cat is overweight.

— Read it at DVM 360

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Photo: Fat cat / Lori Adamski Peek/Getty Images

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May 2, 2013 5:55PM
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We have never had an overweight cat. We free feed, but a friend told us many years ago that if we give low-cost food to our kitties, it will affect their thyroids and they will begin having weight problems. We switched to  mid-grade food and all our cats are very healthy and normal weight. They also developed shinier eyes and softer coats.  They have plenty of energy, too. What we've spent in mid-graded food, we've saved in vet bills.
May 2, 2013 5:45PM
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I love my pets, just not to death. All are in the proper weight range for their breed and size as are the 2 legged animals in the house . Good nutrition equals good health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2013 5:44PM
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Was at the dog park the other day and was saddened to see a pair of very over-weight dogs waddling around. Then I saw the owners..,you know how they say some dogs look like their owners and vice-versa? Oh yeah, big surprise, couple of obese ladies totally oblivious to the health risk they all were facing. Seriously, how do you ignore that kind of reality and consequence?
May 2, 2013 5:44PM
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When you keep a pet indoors all day and there isn't space to run and play as they are programmed to do, yes, they are going to get fat. Make sure you talk to your vet about how much food a basically sedentary indoor pet should have and actually measure their food. It's not like they got that way  raiding the fridge.
May 2, 2013 5:42PM
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The number of FAT cat owners is also increasing!
May 2, 2013 5:38PM
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There are tons of carbs in the food. Just like human food, it is becoming full of fillers. Be sure to buy a grain free diet for your cats.
May 2, 2013 5:35PM
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Read the labels!  CORN, CORN, CORN, CORN.  Growth hormones,   They use the same crappy ingredients in cat food as in human food.  It is all about PROFIT....and face it, a cat with type 2 diabetes is profitable.
May 2, 2013 5:33PM
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Less kibble and more moisture helps. My youngest cat was gaining weight so I switched her to raw food and give her grain free kibble as a treat. She's lost weight and has more energy now. 
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