Overweight Cat Help

Being overweight is a big problem for our feline friends. Most people don’t know that this can lead to several health issues like osteoarthritis, which puts strains on heart and lungs, urinary tract disorders, diabetes and nonallergic skin conditions.

Is my cat fat?

One way to judge if your cat is fat, is to do a hand test. Look at your hand and make a fist, if you look at your knuckles, you can see and feel very obvious ups and downs. Now look at your cat; if you can see the ribs, they are too skinny. Now look at the top of your hand and run your other hand over it, you can feel the bones but not see them; if this is what you feel on your cat, we are at a good weight. Now flip your hand over and poke into the meaty part of your hand, most of us have to poke a little harder to feel any bone; if this what you have to do to feel your cat’s ribs, then you guessed it, your cat is carrying around some unwanted weight.

How can my cat lose weight? Weight loss tips?

We want to start with a weight loss diet. Some clients don’t know that just because the bag says light, control, or less active, that it does not make it a weight loss food. We need to find a weight loss food specific to your pet, then we can start challenging/playing with them. Laser pointer, balls or balls you can put their food in so they have to work for it, toys, anything to get them up and moving. Some cats might even enjoy a walk around the backyard with you on a harness, always supervised.

What is offered in nutritional consultation?

In a nutritional consult, first we weigh our patient and look at the total body score. We score patients out of 5; 4 being overweight and 5 being obese. We would like to find what your cat is eating, what treats are being offered and how often do you feed them, are you the only one that feeds and gives treats? We would like to know any medical history, especially if we don’t already have it. At this point, we have all of the information that we need to start making a life-changing plan for you!


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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community we are limiting the amount of clients permitted inside of our building. We have initiated a semi- open door policy to allow one person inside the hospital while your pet is here for a scheduled exam. One person is also permitted inside the hospital for surgical drop offs. Our emergency services remain closed door to clients as our building does not allow for proper social distancing while waiting for the veterinarian. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment, surgical drop off or emergency service to gain further direction from one of our team members. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.