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, an excess of body fat, is a major health problem in cats and is more common in middle-aged to older cats. Neutered/spayed cats and indoor ones tend to have a higher risk of obesity. Cats that are overnourished, lack the ability to exercise or tend to retain weight are the most at risk for becoming obese. Obesity results in serious adverse health effects and may reduce lifespan. Multiple areas of the body are affected by excess body fat, including the bones and joints, the digestive organs and the organs responsible for breathing capacity.
The best way to tell if your cat is overweight is to stand above your pet’s back and look down on him/her. You should be able to feel the ribs but not see them. If you can see them, your cat is too skinny. If you can’t see the ribs and when placing your hands on the side of their chest and still can’t feel them, your cat is overweight. Cats should also have a nice taper/tuck at their waist (between the abdomen and where the hips go into the socket). If it is very little or none at all, they are overweight, and they’ll be oval shaped.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
Before trying different food or lifestyle for your overweight cat, you should contact us to have a nutritional consultation.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
Your cat will get a comprehensive physical exam. We may recommend some blood testing to rule out non-nutritional causes of obesity. We will then work with you to establish a weight loss program based on diet modification and exercise.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Catrysse Veterinary Services