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Published: Jul 02, 2012

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.