In this still young age range, systemic disease is very rarely responsible for unusual weight gain. In most cases when there is obesity at such a young age, it means the cat simply is taking in more calories than it needs for its level of exercise and rate of metabolism. If your cat is obese, be sure to restrict table food to a minimum, moderate the feeding of treats, increase exercise (buy a laser pointer, install a “cat tree”, engage with cat toys, etc.), and stick to the general feeding guideline of feeding no more than one quarter of an 8 oz cup of food per 5 pounds of body weight per day. If these life style changes do not get weight off the cat within 30-60 days, then consider feeding a prescription weightloss diet, available for purchase at most veterinary clinics. If you still seek further information, please visit our
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