I just came across this neat synopsis from Newsweek about obesity in cats and dogs that is based on information from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. I was really surprised to learn that 54% of pet cats and dogs are considered overweight or obese. What was really interesting though, was that only 8-9% of owners would call their own animals obese. I have to admit, having a Garfield-like cat of my own, that they are easier to take care of when they are what I like to call “cuddly”. After he lost weight, he had so much more energy to get into mischief in the middle of the night! You can check out the website for more interesting factoids here.
As cute as they are, obesity in animals is a serious issue. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, animals with obesity can develop numerous complications such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, pulmonary and heart diseases, injuries, kidney disease, cancer, and often have shortened lifespans. Therefore, it is important to talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s weight.