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Feline Care & Prevention

Pet health problems can take their toll on owner and pet alike. Learn more about certain feline health problems or conditions and come to a better understanding of their symptoms and potential solutions.

Feline Care & Prevention

Pet health problems can take their toll on owner and pet alike. Learn more about certain feline health problems or conditions and come to a better understanding of their symptoms and potential solutions.

Cat Body Types

What are the three main feline body types?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.

Cats come in such a huge variety of shapes and sizes that it might seem difficult to classify them. But in general, most cats fall into one of three categories.

First are the Cobby cats such as the Manx and Himalayan. These compact kitties are sturdy and muscular… not obese, just heavy-set.

On the other end of the spectrum are the oriental cats such as the Siamese. These felines are known for their thin bodies and long limbs. Even their tails and faces are slender – giving them a dainty appearance.

Finally, there are the Foreign felines. They fall somewhere between the other two extremes. The Abyssynian, for example, has an athletic body that is thin but powerful. So if you think of the Cobby cats as the football players of the feline world, the Foreign cats are the gymnasts.

– Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM

Is Your Cat Overweight?

How do I know if my cat is overweight?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.

Humans aren’t the only ones living large. The obesity epidemic is affecting our cats, too. In fact, between twenty-five and forty percent of pet cats are obese or likely to become obese.

Unfortunately, cat owners don’t always realize that their once-trim tabby has become a fat feline. Without proper weight management, their cats continue to grow—and become at higher risk for diabetes, arthritis, and other conditions.

So keep an eye on your cat’s weight. When you pat her, gently press down. If you are unable to feel her ribs, consider taking her to the veterinarian for a proper exam. After ruling out any underlying medical causes, your veterinarian can help you develop an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan.

-Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM

Cat Obesity Dangers

Why is Obesity so Dangerous for Pets?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.

Obesity is just as dangerous for pets as it is for humans. The extra pounds weigh on an animal’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems, exacerbating existing problems and causing new ones. Fat cats and dogs are also prone to injury, more at risk in surgery, and predisposed to conditions such as diabetes. And the laundry list of problems doesn’t end there. Decreased stamina, diminished immune function, and digestive disorders are all potential consequences of obesity.

Being severely overweight can significantly diminish your cat or dog’s quality of life. So when your porky pet pleads with you for an extra treat, remember that saying no may be the kindest response.

– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM