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Hello everyone. It’s Dr. Yoon of My Pet Clinic. Cats get obese because of you, the butlers. Because they are too cute, we have been giving them an endless amount of food and snacks. Because of the food and the snacks we give because we love them so much, our cats are slowly dying. Ok, we are going to talk about obesity in cats today. If you look at wild cats, there are no fat cats. And there are no fat animals among the wild animals. If you look at the animals that live in Africa, we can’t see fat animals anywhere. This is because in order to eat food, they have to go through a process of hard hunting. If they eat enough and gain weight, that is because the hunting gets difficult for them and they can not eat food anymore. But we can see a ridiculously fat tiger when we go to a zoo nearby. You don’t have to go far. A fat cat is around you in your home. This is a phenomenon that occurs because we have been breeding in the wrong way, in a completely different condition from the natural ecosystem. Just because they are so cute, we give them food or snacks. We lay food at their feet. Giving too much food to cats that stay indoor without hunting and moving their bodies is naturally the cause of obesity. In other words, obesity is caused by you, the cat butler. There are too many problems that can happen if they become obese, but eventually, the problem is that it shortens your cat’s life, lowers the quality of life, and increases the incidence of the disease infinitely. Giving too much food and snacks, because we love them, is slowly killing our cats. Obese cats have a significantly higher incidence of arthritis, heart disease and diabetes, it multiplies the risk of surgery or anesthesia by several times, and the fat cells themselves release inflammatory factors that exacerbate all types of diseases, including skin and ear disease. There are several ways to measure obesity. First, you can refer to the BCS table. If you look search on the Internet for a body condition score, you can download the table. You look down at the cat’s body from the top to bottom, and you score it by looking at the head, neck, chest line, and waist. Usually, 3 points on a scale of 0 to 6 points is normal. You can refer to this table. Download this table from the Internet, print it, and put it on the refrigerator. And keep scoring your cat compared to the score table, always looking down from the top. So I recommend you to keep compare your cat’s current score, whether they are obese, skinny, or normal. Cat that has a long hair can’t be identified with your eyes. Because the body itself is buried under the hair. For those cats, you can check them by touching their spine or ribs. If you can feel the ribs right away, like when you touch it with your fingers like this, and if you feel the ribs right away, your cat is skinny. If you feel the ribs when you push it little hard, it’s more like a normal body. If you don’t feel the ribs when you push it really hard, you can see that your cat is very obese. If you feel the spine when you touch your cat slightly without pushing, then your cat is skinny. If you can touch the spine, which is covered with a little fat, it is normal. If you can touch the spine only when you push it hard, then your cat is obese. Most veterinary hospitals have a rib model. They have a rib model covered in fur, so you can touch the cloth with your hands. After feeling it, touch your cat, and you’ll know it soon. So I recommend you to keep touching your cat to check whether your cat is obese or skinny. And there’s a way to measure obesity by lifting the cat’s tail and looking at its anus. If the anus is clean, it’s fine, but if the anus is dirty, your cat could be extremely obese. That means, your cat is so fat that it can’t fold its body. Therefore, it can’t groom around the anus. In this case, you have to be careful because it is extremely obese. Cats that are overweight can’t groom their bodies, so their hairs get tangled, they smell a lot, and skin diseases can occur frequently. And listen to the breath when your cat sleeps. If your cat snores or makes some noise, or if the breathing sound is harsh, it is likely to be obese. In other words, obesity is not only fat on the outside, but also fat on the inside. It’s the case when the body fat narrows the organs that get in the air. The throat is getting narrower and the nose is getting narrower. There are even fats inside because the cat is very obese. So they are having a hard time letting the air come in and go out. These types of fats compress their neck, lungs, and nose, which make their breathing difficult. Again, this kind of obesity is entirely your fault. Because if it’s hard to breathe, the quality of life has deteriorated a lot. You have to keep in mind that just because we love cats, we are ruining the lives and healths of cats that need to have slender and beautiful body shapes. “How much do I have to feed?” I get a lot of these questions, and this is a difficult question. Because cats need completely different amounts of food by age, activity, and neutralization. Usually, people often say that when you look at the label attached at the back of the feed packaging bag, you can feed according to its weight, but it’s actually wrong. It can’t be right. You should never just look at the label of bag and feed your cat. If you have been feeding the amount recommended on the bag and it gets fat, then you should reduce the amount. If you have been feeding the amount recommended on the bag and it gets skinny, then you should feed more. But I never saw a skinny cat when people feed according to the amount recommended on the bag. You have to feed a bit little less than that. If you feed the amount recommended on the bag, cats get fat. And in the case of a neutralized cat, the metabolic rate in the body is much lower than other cats, so you should feed it 20% less than the amount usually described in the bag, which is probably where the gap occurs. If it is not the calorie-adjusted cat food that is for a neutralized cat, we recommend you to reduce it by 20% compared to the label on the back of the bag. Moreover, if you give snacks and feed it as usual, it will gain weight. Calculate the calories in the snacks that you will give in advance, and reduce the amount of cat food by that amount of calories, so that your cats will not get fat, right? Obesity is a problem that goes beyond just discomfort. Cat butlers must know that it is to ruin our beautiful cat’s body and health, reduce the quality of life, and shorten our cat’s life. Today we learned about cat’s obesity. Next time, we’ll learn about diet for cat. Subscribers who have not yet set the alarm should set the alarm if you are curious about the next video. Okay? So, that’s it for today. I’m Dr. Yoon of My Pet Clinic. Thank you.

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