Obesity dangers

Do you have an extremely fat cat? Do you understand the dangers that go with that? Unfortunately, there are a number of diseases that may be linked to obesity in cats. Some of these include:

  • Insulin resistance (cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin, leading to type-2 diabetes)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hyperlipidaemia (elevated levels of fat-soluble molecules in the blood)
  • Osteoarthritis and orthopaedic disease
  • Dermatitis (skin inflammation)
  • Oral disease in cats
  • Lower urinary tract disease
  • Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) changes
  • Renal pathology (medical diseases of the kidneys)
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Neoplasia – mammary cancer, and bladder cancer associated with obesity in dogs

Lorren Barham, animal hydrotherapist at Pet Wellness Worx


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