Cat Overweight

Overweight Cat Help

Is your cat lazy? Does your cat fill up more of its bed than it used to? Have you noticed your cat is constantly begging for food? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you likely have a cat on the road to becoming overweight. Obesity is an epidemic in the human world and it is being mirrored in the animal kingdom. High fat treats, decreased activity and decreased stimulation to hunt has led to the development of fat cats.

How do I know if my cat is overweight?

A cat is considered to be overweight when they have developed fat pads over their spine and ribs and they lose their abdominal tuck – this is also known as being “over-conditioned”. We use body condition scoring as a way of identifying whether a cat is overweight – a score over 4.5 means they are too heavy.


How can I help my cat lose weight?

We at Seneca Animal Clinic are happy to have a conversation with you about how you can help your cat lose weight. Changes in your family pet’s routine including decreasing food, reducing or removing treats, and increasing prey drive will all help to make your pet a better weight. Your veterinarian may prescribe a special diet for your cat that will help it lose weight in a safe and healthy way.

What is offered during a nutritional consultation?

During a nutritional consultation, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam including body condition scoring and muscle condition scoring. You will discuss the foods and treats that your pet is given in a day and work together to formulate an appropriate feeding plan.


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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • 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".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, 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.

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


    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.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Seneca Animal Clinic