eCPD Fat Cats - A "Growing" Problem

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A series of 6 videos with Martha Cannon on Fat Cats and the related medical conditions caused by obesity.

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More than 40% of the pet cats in the UK are considered to be overweight or obese. Many owners may not see this as a problem – believing that “a fat cat is a happy cat”- but in reality it is a serious health problem which will impact their cat’s quality of life, pre-dispose them to chronic disease and ultimately shorten their cat’s life. In one study overweight middle-aged cats had a 2.8 times higher mortality rate than their normal weight counterparts.
This video will focus on the “growing” issue of feline obesity and its associated health problems focusing on practical and affordable approaches to diagnosis and management.

Diabetes Mellitus:

• Understanding the causes of feline diabetes to allow more appropriate treatment.
• The approach to treatment: keeping it simple to achieve maximum effect
• The role of diet and dieting in the overweight diabetic cat
• Home Blood Glucose Monitoring – cost effective and reliable, but is it a realistic tool for owners and cats?

Feline Idiopathic Lower Urinary Tract Disease:

Overweight cats are at higher risk of suffering from idiopathic cystitis:
• What causes it? Recent advances in our understanding of the causes and pathophysiology of this enigmatic condition
• How do we manage it? Better understanding of the causes leads to more effective and affordable treatment strategies

Feline Osteoarthritis:

Evidence suggests that more than 65% of cats over 12 years of age suffer from osteoarthritis, but only the minority of affected cats benefit from treatment of this painful condition. Being overweight will exacerbate the problem, but the reduced activity of the fat cat will often mask the signs from the owner’s awareness.
• How can we help owners to recognise the signs and commit to treatment?
• What safe and effective treatment options exist?
• Is it appropriate to use NSAID’s for treatment of chronic pain in older cats?

Hepatic lipidosis:

A potentially fatal disease that can occur when overweight cats stop eating for any reason, but early recognition allows immediate life-saving intervention
• A straightforward approach to early investigation and treatment to avert the acute crisis
• Longer term care through assisted tube feeding. Placement and management of naso-oesophageal, oesophagostomy and gastrotomy tubes, what to feed through them, how much to feed and how often.

Tackling Obesity:

Why do cats become overweight?
How fat is that cat? – simple tools for estimating ideal body weight and setting achievable weight loss targets
How to run weight clinics for cats that really work.

Topics covered include:

-Diabetes mellitus
-Feline Idiopathic Lower Urinary Tract Disease
-Feline Osteoarthritis
-Hepatic lipidosis
-Tackling obesity

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