Cats have a real talent for persuasion, and if your favorite feline has been convincing you to drop table scraps his way or plop an extra spoonful of his favorite food in the dish every time you feed him, unfortunately, you could be putting him at risk. Obesity in cats in not uncommon, nor are the dreadful side-effects that come with it.

A Higher Risk Of Becoming Diabetic

Especially if the quality of the food he's eating isn't up to par, your cat could become a diabetic, possibly needing shots of insulin, a special (expensive) diet and constant monitoring. Check with your vet, to make sure the cat food you're putting down is nutritious and doesn't contain a lot of dangerous fillers, preservatives and other chemicals.

A Greater Chance For Arthritis

The more weight your cat is carrying around, the more pressure there is on his skeletal structure and that can weaken bones and joints. Overweight pets (including dogs) are more susceptible to arthritis, even more so as they age.

Difficulty Breathing

Do your cat's belly rolls restrict lung function? Some felines are so obese, it's difficult for them to breath which leaves them in the situation of not wanting to move around much. Of course, that usually means stunting the metabolism further, keeping that weight on indefinitely. Your cat may need a special diet and strong encouragement to exercise, in order to drop a few pounds.

Bring him to your local pet clinic if you think he's packed on threatening amounts of weight. They'll guide you on calories and nutrition and help you help your feline friend regain his figure.

A Heightened Threat Of High Blood Pressure

Because an overweight body must work harder to pump blood through it, the heart may suffer, leading to high blood pressure. His nervous system, kidneys and even his eyes can bear the brunt of force with high blood pressure, so this isn't something trivial. 

Since there aren't usually obvious symptoms of high blood pressure (in humans or animals), checkups are needed to screen for it, most especially if the patient is overweight.

A Shortened Life-Span

Perhaps the worst side-effect of having a cat who's fat is losing him earlier than you otherwise would have. A healthy feline can live a long time, giving you plenty of years to enjoy each other's company; however, if the animal is obese, he may simply not reach those golden years.

Your cat will need nine lives to survive the difficult side-effects of eating too much and you'll go through it all right there with him. Talk to your vet now, if your favorite feline is already overweight, because you should take steps to get him in better shape. If he's not yet tipping the scales, talk to your vet anyway, about the ways in which you can maintain weight and health, to save those nine lives for something else. Contact a pet clinic for more help.