People for Cats Shelter: 44 Beagle Lane, Teaticket, MA
Mail: PO Box 422, W. Falmouth, MA 02574
508-540-5654
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How to adopt a cat or kittens while the shelter is closed to the public


We are offering low-contact adoptions during the pandemic. Here are the steps to adopt a cat or kittens:

Thank you for your patience as we try to keep you, our volunteers and our cats safe!

Is Your Cat Fat?


The term “fat cat” may refer to a rich and powerful person, but real fat cats aren’t to be envied.  Overweight and obese cats are at increased risk for many diseases, including kidney, gall bladder and liver disease, urinary tract issues, diabetes, arthritis, heart failure and many forms of cancer.  In the US, an astonishing 31% of cats are clinically obese, with an additional 28% being overweight. That means that more than half of our pet cats weigh more than they should!


So what can we do about this “fat cat” epidemic? The first step is to monitor your cat’s health with an annual physical. Your vet can assess your cat’s weight and physical condition and let you know if you need to make changes in his/her diet and care. If your cat is currently at a healthy weight, congratulations! Keep doing what you’ve been doing, feeding the right amount of healthy food, limiting treats and making sure your cat gets plenty of exercise.


As cats age, they experience many of the same changes we do; they have less energy and may find exercise more difficult. At the same time, they may be eating the same amount or even increasing their food intake through boredom. Not surprisingly, this can result in their gaining weight. Spaying and neutering can also cause weight gain, so it’s important for you to check your cat regularly for weight gain. You should be able to easily feel your cat’s ribs and your cat should have a definite “waist” when seen from above, although this is harder to see in a long-haired cat.

 
If your cat is overweight, it’s critical to work with your vet to help him lose the excess pounds. He will need to follow a diet that is both healthy and lower in calories than he was eating before.  Be strict with portion control, despite how much your cat begs you for more. Sometimes you will have to try several brands of weight management foods before you find one your cat will eat. Many vets feel that reducing dry food and shifting more emphasis on wet food may be beneficial in slimming a cat down. You should also be aware that it is dangerous for cats to stop eating, even for a few days, as they may develop a serious liver disorder known as hepatic lipidosis. So no crash diets - help your cat to lose weight gradually, the way he put it on. He will feel better and stay healthy longer.



People for Cats appreciates the support of:

The Woods Hole Foundation The Cape Cod Foundation Falmouth Track Club Official DDAF grantee Hill's Red Acre Foundation

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