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Tips for helping your cat lose weight

Published: Jul 02, 2012

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With obesity in cats on the rise, many owners may be trying to help their feline companions lose weight. However, weight reduction in cats is not as simple as it may seem from the outset. One of the best things you can do as a pet owner is visit your veterinarian to determine the best weight loss plan for your cat.

The first thing your veterinarian will do is perform a physical examination to ensure there aren't any ailments or other conditions that might hinder your cat's weight loss.

Because cats have a different physiology than humans and dogs, it is important to understand which feeding methods are the healthiest for your cat and will be most effective in shedding extra pounds, according to VCA Animal Hospitals.

For treatment of cat obesity, your veterinarian will likely suggest a plan that gradually reduces the amount of food your cat eats. It is important to keep in mind that cats must eat every day. If they do not eat for even a short period of time, they can develop a severe form of liver disease called hepatic lipidosis.

Ask your veterinarian about the best ways to introduce your cat to a new diet and what you should expect for results in the coming weeks or months.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.