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Is my cat overweight?

58% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese2, and often their owners don’t realize the danger.

Take this simple test to determine if your cat is at their optimum weight.

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weight is looking good.

Congratulations! Based on your selections, your cat appears to be at a healthy weight. You’re definitely doing something right. Now maximize your cat’s health by engaging in play and daily exercise. (You’ll find fun exercise tips lower down this page). Also, check cat food labels for quality ingredients like real meat, and always remember your cat’s annual wellness exam with your veterinarian. For cats 7 years and older, we recommend twice yearly routine check-ups to detect medical issues as early as possible. Just like people, cats often develop more health issues as they grow older.

These results do not serve as a proper medical diagnosis.
It’s always a good idea to discuss your cat's weight with your VCA veterinarian.

weight is a little chunky.

Oh dear, based on your selections, it looks like your cuddly kitty may be eating a little too much. Your cat probably seems perfectly healthy, but that extra weight could potentially rob you of precious time together. Ask your VCA veterinarian to do a weight evaluation for your cat. You’ll learn your cat’s ideal weight and how to help your cat achieve it, plus you’ll learn about the benefits of keeping your cat at a healthy weight.

These results do not serve as a proper medical diagnosis.
If your cat looks a little chunky, be sure to discuss your cat’s weight with your veterinarian.

weight is more than a little chunky.

Uh-oh, based on your selections, your kitty is tipping the scales into the danger zone! Make it a priority to ask your VCA veterinarian to do a weight evaluation for your cat. You’ll learn your cat’s ideal weight and how to help your cat achieve it. Underlying health issues like diabetes, breathing problems and joint pain may improve or resolve naturally once your cat reaches a healthier weight. And imagine how much more your cat will enjoy exercise and play time when being chunky is a thing of the past.

These results do not serve as a proper medical diagnosis.
If your cat scored as ‘more than a little chunky’, it’s vital you discuss your cat’s weight with your veterinarian.

Do you have more than one pet in your household?

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Steps to a Healthy Cat Weight

The VCA Big Pet Project can help you achieve and maintain your cat’s ideal weight.

Quick reminders to keep your cat at a healthy weight

  • Keep a close eye at feeding times
    Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s personalized nutrition plan!
  • Don’t overtreat
    Many cats will replace food for affection. If your cat begs for a treat, try a belly rub instead!
  • Keep your cat active!
    Play with your cat for at least ten minutes twice a day. You can even turn mealtime into a game by hiding your cat’s food bowl!
  • Monitor your cat’s weight
    Keep a record of your cat’s progress, and have regular weigh-­ins with your veterinarian.

Nutrition Tips for Dieting Cats

Exercise Tips for Overweight Cats

Before you change your cat’s exercise routine for weight loss ask your veterinarian for a safe regimen that’s appropriate for your cat’s weight.

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Obesity in Cats

Today’s cat population is mirroring the weight issues of the human population-and the health risks that go along with it.

Our cats are packing on the pounds and it’s not cute. 45% of cat owners don’t realize their cat is actually overweight3 and don’t understand the risks that extra weight poses to their pet. In reality, a cat’s weight impacts their overall health, longevity and quality of life.

But there’s great news:
Overweight or obese cats that return to their normal weights may once again enjoy lively activities and could even experience the reversal of some weight-related health conditions.

Facts about dog obesity

What can you do about your cat’s weight?

With help from your VCA veterinarian, you can prevent your cat from becoming overweight or obese, and if it’s a little too late for that, your cat’s added weight can be reduced. Before starting your cat on a diet or exercise program, consult your VCA veterinarian for a proper diagnosis, and to get the right diet for his/her age, body condition and general state of health.

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1.“Obesity Facts & Risks” Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
2. Ward E, Budsberg S, Bartges J, et al. Big Pets Get Bigger: Latest Survey Shows Dog and Cat Obesity Epidemic Expanding, 2012.
3. 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)
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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.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours please contact one of the following hospitals, or an emergency hospital in your local area:

VCA Veterinary Specialty Center-Lynnwood, WA

(425) 697-6106

Animal Emergency Services East-Kirkland, WA

(425) 827-8727

Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services-Seattle, WA

(206) 364-1660

Above all else protect yourself and your pet from further injury. Pets that are frightened or in pain may bite or scratch; wrapping your pet in a blanket will keep him or her warm and prevent injuries to you.