"HELP! My tummy's rumbling."
Health risks due to obesity in cats include the following:
- Heart Disease
- Hepatic Lipidosis
- Respiratory problems
Furthermore, cats that are overweight are at greater risk for complications from anesthesia and surgery.
How to Check Body Condition on a Cat
With a little practice you can do a visual check of your cat's condition. A cat that is at a healthy weight will be obvious.
- Have someone hold your cat in place on the floor. Look down.
- Cats should have a waist. Run your hands down the cat from ribs to hip. You should see a slight waist.
- There should be an indentation in the abdomen when you run your hand from ribs to pelvis.
- Ribs can be felt without a fat padding.
I'll bet this works for humans, too. :)
For the humans, first thing on the agenda...pull out the old juicer and shine it up. This is one of my favorite gadgets in the kitchen but we do have an on again off again love affair going on. Right now, it's LOVE!
Instead of snacking between meals, a glass of fruit and veggies freshly juiced is how I start to get back into this healthy regime. Today it was apple, carrot, melon, pineapple & cantalope. Add some ice and you just can't beat it. This takes the place of lunch today but even a small drink half-way through the day so you don't get the 3:00 hungers is a good way to start. It's a fabulous way to use up any fruit and veggies in the crisper, too. I picked this one up for $99.00 on sale.
I'm all refreshed and heading out to cat-sit. Now, where is that clothes brush? ;-)