There is an ongoing trend that we are seeing in veterinary medicine. Cats are getting heavier and heavier. Recent studies have shown that upwards of 50% of the feline population is overweight. As with people, overweight cats have an increased risk of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, hepatic lipidosis, breathing problems, among others. These health problems can all contribute to a shorter life expectancy. There are many factors that contribute to obesity including diet, exercise and owner awareness.