Humane Society talks cat obesity and pet of the week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Comic strips and internet memes have made the “fat cat” a desirable pet, but obesity in cats in a very serious disease.

Obesity can lead to some major problems according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Obesity is linked to diabetes, liver and heart disease, and arthritis.

If you are concerned about your cat’s weight, your first stop should be to your veterinarian. Your cat’s veterinarian will be able to help you put a plan in place so the weight loss will be in done in a safe manner.

The first thing to consider is your cat’s diet. The type of food you are using and how much you are feeding your cat can all lead to obesity. Be honest with your veterinarian about what treats you are giving your cat, and don’t forget to mention table scraps from your plate as well.

The second thing to consider is exercise. Indoor cats are not known for being active, so you must be proactive in getting them to move around.

Spend extra time playing with your cat every day; have them chase a laser pointer or a jingle ball.

This week's adoptable pet of the week is Jasper. He's a 12-14 week old tuxedo. Jasper is fun and playful, and he loves being the life of the party. He is already wearing his best tuxedo and is ready to find his forever home today.

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