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Overweight Cat Help

Obesity is one of the most common diseases we see in house cats today. They do not get as much exercise as they should, and are often overfed. It is a very big problem because it leads to so many serious diseases such as diabetes, hepatic lipidosis and many others.

Is my cat fat?

On a scale from 1-9 (9 being extremely obese and 1 being emaciated), a cat should be a 4-5/9. At this body condition, the ribs are easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. From an above view of your cat, you should see their waist and from the side the abdomen should tuck up.

How can my cat lose weight? Weight loss tips for cats?

The most important weight loss tip is not overfeeding your cat or giving excessive treats. We can help you determine just how much your cat needs. In addition, trying to encourage your cat to get exercise is a great way to help them lose weight. Whether it is playing with them, making them walk around the house a few times before you feed them, or putting their food bowls up high, so they have to exercise to reach the food. All of these methods together can help make house cats a little bit more active and burn more calories!

What is offered in nutritional consultation?

We can provide a full assessment of your pet to determine how much extra weight they are carrying. We can then recommend a diet that would be most appropriate and determine how many calories per day they should be receiving, in order to lose weight at a healthy rate. Just as important as that initial assessment is, it will be important to continue to monitor their weight loss progress and modify the diet as needed.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-752-5114. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital