Time To End The Chonky Cat Trend

Is your cat a chonk? Are they pleasantly plump? extra “fluffy”? Big-boned? Do they roll over and have a hard time sitting back up? Do they lick their paws to clean by their tail instead of just licking? Do they look like bean bag chairs with a head? Right now the Tik Tok and Instagram are filled with videos and memes of cats not being able to fit through cat doors, or falling over like a roly-poly. These fat cats are adorable! But this feline body acceptance is a killer…literally.

Since Garfield and likely before, we have had a great affection for the fat lazy cat. The problem is the fat lazy cat has a greatly diminished quality of life and life span. A lot of pet owners are starting to confuse cuddly with fat. Your cat can be just as cuddly when they are fit.

How to Tell if Your Cat is Fat

  • Feel for ribs. If you pet your cat and you cannot feel their ribs, they are overweight. You should be able to run your hands along your cats side and feel their ribs with a little covering of fat, more than that and your cat may need to lose weight.
  • Low hanging belly. If your look at your cat from the side and you see a big pouch of hanging fat, not just skin, then your could have an obesity issue.
  • Feel the spine. When you pet your cat’s back you should be able to feel their spine right below a small layer of fat. If you cannot feel their spine, your cat is overweight.
  • The waistline. Look at your cat from above and if the space between their ribs and their hips rounds out instead of straight back or narrowing in, your cat is overweight.

A fat cat is at higher risk of a lot of health issues like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and infections. An obese cat will often have a shorter life span and their quality of life decreases because they are not as physically active. Cats like to run and play as well as sleep in sun spots.

If you are not sure if your cat is overweight bring them in to Albuquerque Vetco veterinary clinic for an annual exam and ask your vet about their weight. If your cat is overweight your vet can help you come up with a weight loss plan which will likely include a change in diet and increase in exercise. Often just changing up the type and quantity of food will make a big difference in your cat’s weight. A lot of people are simply feeding the wrong kind of food for their cat’s needs. We can help you identify what the best diet is based on their overall health, age, and activity level.

Getting your cat’s weight under control will make your cat feel better, have more energy, and live longer.

Cat Vaccines in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Cat Vaccine Schedule
Albuquerque Cat Vaccine Schedule

Many of us with cats that do not go outside forget that cats need vaccines to, whether they are indoor or outdoor cats. A big part of being a pet owner is making sure your cat is getting regular veterinary care to keep them healthy so they can live a long and happy life with you and your family. Though some vaccines, like Rabies, are required by law, vaccinations are vital to keeping your dog safe for common diseases. Albuquerque Vetco offers the lowest cost vaccinations in New Mexico and since we offer a daily walk-in shot clinic we are also the easiest and fastest place to get your shots.

Cat Diseases

  • Calicivirus- This is spread from cat to cat and can cause ulcers on the tongue, fever and pneumonia
  • Feline viral rhinotrachetis – a particularly dangerous illness for kittens causing sneezing, eye and nose discharge, and coughing.
  • Feline lukemia – This is a common killer of cats
  • Panleukemia or feline distemper – Causes vomiting, diarrhea and treatment is extremely difficult.

What is the Recommended Vaccination Schedule?

Kittens are on a different vaccination schedule than adult cats. At 8 weeks old they need their rabies, feline combo (panleukopenia, rhinotrachetis, calcivirus, chlamydia, and feline leukemia distemper), FeLv (feline leukemia virus), and bordatella, and again 3 weeks later. After the initial kitten schedule your cat only needs annual vaccines.

Black Cats are Only Unlucky for Black Cats

Vetco Pet safety black cat
Vetco Pet safety black cat

Halloween is full of lots of fun superstition. Kids dress as ghouls and goblins..and super hero’s..peanut butter sandwiches and pretty much everything else fun. Going house to house asking for a Trick or Treat, of course, that might be different this year with Covid-19. But the thing most people don’t think about is the safety of black cats.

Black cats are at high risk during Halloween. An old superstition says that it is bad luck to have a black cat cross your path. Though my black cat has brought me nothing but love, and I think that is pretty lucky, not everyone feels the same way at this time of year.

Black cats are at high risk of being stolen or even killed. This is a very sad reality and nothing that we like to talk about. However, if you have a black cat, make sure that your Puss-in-Boots stay safe and keep him or her indoors during the week of Halloween.

This is a great time of year to adopt a black cat and keep them safe.