Exercise Your Fat Cat

Fat cat thin cat weight loss albuquerque
Fat cat thin cat weight loss albuquerque

We love fat cats. Look at Garfield, he is a long-standing national cat hero! But fat cats are not healthy cats. Almost 50 million cats in the US are obese. An obese cat can lead to heart trouble, blood pressure issues, and diabetes.

A lot of people have a hard time helping their cat to lose weight. One idea is to reduce the amount of food you give them. You can also change their food to a healthier, lower fat or diet cat food. But, just like with people, the most effective way to lose weight is to exercise.

We all know that cats love to lay around the house and be wonderfully lazy, and sleep in the best possible sun spot, but that is not the path to a healthy cat.

A great way to help your cat stay healthy and trim is to play with them. I am sure you love to pet them and get some snuggle time in, but try adding about 30 minutes of real play time every day. Go out and pick up some fun cat toys, or just roll around some balls of tinfoil.

Cats love to jump in boxes or bags, even just setting one out can entire your curious feline pal. Once they are in the bag start tapping on the sides or dangle something over the top. This will drive them wild and they will likely start batting at whatever is making the noise or taunting them.

Get them a big cat post and encourage them to run up the cat post. Climbing is a great exercise for cats, and one that is mentally satisfying for them as well as it is a natural desire.

Giving your cat some catnip is a fun way to give them exercise. A lot of cats will run around and play after a good dose of catnip.

Get your cat use to doing some things, or if you have a child, let the kid chase the cat for a while, as long as the cat is being fun chased and not terrified and running for its life kind of chased.

A fit cat will live a longer and healthier life. If you are not sure about your cat’s weight, fitness, or overall health, your annual checkup is a good time to discuss this with your Albuquerque vet. Call to make an appointment today.

They Key is In Your Cats Poo

learn about cat poo
learn about cat poo

No one really likes to think about their cat’s poo. Even when you are cleaning their litter box, you don’t really want to think about it. You just scoop and try to get it done and move on to something more fun. But the key to your cat’s health could be in their poo. 

So let me tell you this story about this one time my cat was taking a big poo…ok, maybe I will skip that story and save it for the veterinary water cooler.

But in all seriousness, there is a lot you can tell about your cat’s health by looking at their poo, but first, you need to know what you are looking at and what is good poo vs bad poo.

What is Normal Cat Poo?

A cat will typically go poo about once a day. It should be:

  • Deep brown
  • Not too hard or too soft
  • It shouldn’t smell too bad, but it will smell because…well…it’s poo.

What is Not Normal Cat Poo?

  • Foul smelling
  • Runny
  • Has mucus
  • Has blood
  • Hard poo
  • Black poo
  • White poo
  • Pooing many times a day

Diarrhea can be a normal occurrence in your cat from time to time, but it shouldn’t last for more than 48 hours. When your cat has diarrhea it can lead to dehydration or be a symptom of a larger health issue. 

Constipation can be a symptom of larger health issues such as mega-colon, tumors, a blockage, or simply not having enough fiber,

If you have recently changed your cat’s diet, do not be surprised if you notice changes in their poo while they are adjusting. If you are unsure about anything you notice, don’t hesitate to call your Albuquerque vet



 

 

 

 

It Burns! UTI in Cats

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are terrible. If you have ever had one then you know how painful they can be. If you think they are not painful for your cat, think again. The problem with a cat UTI is they can be harder to identify. 

Causes of UTIs can be:

  • Stones, crystals, or debris in the bladder or urethra
  • Urethral plug, which is a build up of debris from their pee
  • Bladder infections
  • Weak bladder
  • Injury
  • Tumor (it’s not a tumor….sorry, I couldn’t help myself)
  • Stress
  • Spinal cord issues
  • Hypothyroid
  • Diabetes

Unfortunately, our 4 legged friends can’t just tell us that it burns when they pee. It is up to us to pay attention to the signs and symptoms:

  • Passing a really small amount of pee
  • Inability to pee
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Increased frequency of peeing….basically peeing all the time
  • Straining to pee
  • Crying out when they pee
  • Prolonged squatting when they pee
  • Fear of the litter box
  • Constant licking of the urinary opening
  • Strong ammonia smell 
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Increased water drinking
  • Hard and distended belly

UTIs can be life-threatening. If you think that your cat has a UTI you want to call your Albuquerque vet immediately. 

It can be hard to diagnose a UTI. Your vet will often want to get a urine sample, but how do you get one? It’s not like you can ask your cat to pee in a cup for you. There are special cat litters that you can buy that is used to specifically collect urine samples for your vet. If you can bring in a sample, it will help greatly with the diagnosis. 

If your cat is diagnosed with a UTI most likely they will be prescribed an antibiotic. Most of the time a UTI is easy to treat but it will not get better on its own. If it goes untreated it can lead to a blockage in their urethra and completely prevent them from peeing. A UTI can lead to kidney failure or rupture their bladder.