weigh yourself on a human scale, then weigh yourself while holding your cat and subtracting the difference. By checking your kitty's weight once a month and keeping a written record of it, you can track any changes over time and catch potential issues before they become serious problems. Avoid obesity by keeping track of your cat's weight packing on too many pounds has major health consequences, including diabetes, arthritis, and joint problems, heart and respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal and digestive issues, compromised immunity, and increased risk for problems during anesthesia and surgery.
Keeping track of any gradual but steady weight gain can help your vet to come up with a plan to prevent obesity and associated health problems.
Weighing your cat once a month can catch early health problems.
Your cat's wellness exam may not be enough to catch changes in your cat's health. Weight loss is an indicator of disease the average cat weighs ten pounds. A weight of 6% is considered a clinical sign. Gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and cancer all cause weight loss, a slow and gradual pace by the time the pet owner notices it may be in its advanced stages.
By weighing your cat every month you will pick up on this trend long before your cat may show any other symptoms. If there is no diet change be sure you have your cat checked by your veterinarian promptly. When there is a diagnosis of an illness from the veterinarian continue to check your cat's weight and report the weight changes to your vet between appointments it allows your vet to adjust medications if needed.
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