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.
As in humans, obesity in cats is becoming an increasing problem that can lead to a number of diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. With proper nutrition and exercise, you can help prevent your cat from becoming overweight.
When there is excess fat over the ribs and abdomen, your cat is overweight. Excess fat over the ribs feels like this: place your palm up on the table, spread and run your fingers over the knuckle. Ribs that feel fatty like this indicate your cat is overweight. If your cat’s neck is wider than your cat’s head and the head looks small for your cat’s body, your cat is obese.
A cat with an ideal body weight should have easily felt ribs that are not visible, an obvious waist, and slight tucked up tummy. Their hips, ribs, shoulders, and cheeks should be in alignment when looking at your cat from above.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
A balanced diet that is carefully measured and fed according to your cat’s ideal weight combined with a minimum of 10-30 minutes of active playtime a day can help prevent and treat obesity. Keep your cat active with toys, cat trees, catnip, and scheduled playtime. Measure food carefully or invest in a food scale for accurate feeding. Slowly decrease the amount of food you give your cat and give treats sparingly. Treats should make up less than 10% of the total calories your cat needs for the day. If possible, use your cat’s food or a spoonful of canned food as treats. Weighing your cat regularly will help keep you on track. We offer free weigh-ins!
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
There are a number of weight loss diets including a metabolic diet that we can prescribe to help your cat lose weight safely. We will go over food options, take body measurements, and calculate the number of calories your cat needs to best meet your nutritional requirements.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 519.428.2630. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will meet you at the front vestibule 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 meet you at the front vestibule to return your pet 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. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. We will take the payment over the phone and a team member will meet you at the side door for your order pick up.
You can also use 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 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 Queensway Veterinary Hospital