The Importance Of Weight Tracking For Cats And Dogs

Ropafadzo Murombo
April 14, 2021

Obesity is the leading cause of health problems in pets and can result in diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and ultimately shorten the life span of your beloved cat or dog. While we may all choose to assume our pets are not overweight, statistics show that 1 in every 2 cats or dogs all over the world is overweight. Weight management is crucial for preventing and treating obesity, and additionally, unexplained weight changes can be an early indicator of disease.

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Obesity in pets is caused by the accumulation of excessive adipose tissue in their body. It results from an unregulated diet and a lack of physical exercise. If your pet is 20% over its optimal weight, chances are it is obese.  If you have a middle-aged cat or dog, aged between 5 to 15 years, it is at an increased risk of obesity. Obese pets are more likely to develop joint diseases and diabetes and are more likely to develop complications after surgery. Obese cats can also suffer from mouth and urinary tract infections due to obesity. All these health conditions eventually result in a poorer quality of life and a lower life expectancy of pets. To avoid or treat obesity, regular weight checks are important.

A weight check is the measurement of your pet’s weight and the evaluation of your pet’s body condition. Pet owners usually rely on the weight checks that are conducted by the vet, but it is important to conduct them in between vet visits, at least once a month. Regular weight checks can help you keep your pet at the ideal weight, which can help him or her have a longer, healthier life. But more importantly, regular weight checks can help you spot diseases and health problems quickly.

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Unexpected weight loss, for example, may be the first sign of diseases such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism in cats, kidney failure, and cancer.  If you are consistently tracking your pet's weight you are far more likely to notice deviations and changes, and this allows you to identify health problems early. Additionally, having a weight analysis-ready helps veterinarians when investigating health problems.

Sign up for the Feniska Waitlist and get a notification for our App launch. The Feniska App allows you to track the weight of your pet in a simplified way. That is not all. It visualizes changes in your pet's weight through easy-to-understand, beautiful graphs. You will receive weekly insights into your pet's weight and other metrics you track such as food, mood, and activity.

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