Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Obesity in cats can predispose him/her to diabetes, hepatic lipidosis and arthritis. However, putting a cat on a diet or weight loss plan needs to be approached very carefully. Studies have found over 50% of cats are overweight or obese. Overweight cats seem to be constantly hungry, so we tend to feed them out of sympathy, a habit that can ultimately result in “killing them with kindness.”
You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs. Stand above your cat and check his/her waist, they should have a visible indentation behind their ribs. Place both hands lightly on your cat’s ribs. They shouldn’t be sticking out. If you can’t feel them, your pet is probably overweight. Also look for pouches of fat between the hind legs. If he/she is lethargic, lying around all day, not able to jump up on couch/counter or has exercise intolerance, this could mean they are overweight and uncomfortable.
How can I help my cat to lose weight?
Start your cat on a weight loss diet. Weigh your cat regularly and watch for changes. We will tell you what your cat’s ideal weight should be. Keep a food diary. Feed small meals throughout the day; this will help their metabolism kick in. Follow the recommendations and feeding guidelines your doctor gives you. Avoid human foods as these tend to be high in sugar, fat and salt! Playing with your cat helps increase their activity. You can use treat balls or mazes, where they have to work for their food. Also, laser pointers work great, to get them moving.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
We will weigh, measure and assess your cat and make sure there is no medical reason for their weight gain. If no medical condition, we can start them on a slow weight loss diet. We will calculate how much kitty needs to eat on a daily basis and schedule weigh-ins weekly. It is a long process but so worth it in the end, and your cat will thank you for it.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic