Pet Obesity on the rise
We have all heard that the obesity epidemic is hitting people in the United States, but did you know it is effecting our dogs and cats too? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “Roughly 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese.” This percentage is alarming especially with research also saying many of the pet parents did not realize that their pets were overweight. With these numbers, obesity can cause some major health problems for our pets such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart failure. To prevent our pets from becoming overweight, there needs to be proper education. Here are a few ways to help your pet’s weight:
- Double checking how much food you are giving them. Check their food to see what they should be eating. Also, take into consideration any treats they get throughout the day.
- Reducing treats. My pups LOVE when my parents come to visit because they always bring them treats and they aren’t the small treats either! We have to make sure they are only for special occasions : ) For us, to limit the treats we give them, we use training treats such as the Zukes training treats.
- Getting your pets into an exercise routine. Right now with the weather it can be harder to get your pup some exercise, but it is important for their health. There are great ways to get some exercise inside. Koop loves to play tug-o-war if it is too cold to go to the park for exercise. For cats, try getting them to play with chasing a laser.
- Speak with your vet. They are the best resource to knowing what is best for your pet. They can work with you to come up with a exercise and diet plan.
Feeding your cat
feeding your cat
Your cat is your whole world. You want to make sure that he is cared and kept for in the best way possible and would do anything for it. An important aspect that needs to be cared for is how to feed your cats, especially the adult cats. It may vary from the age and the size of your cat but it is extremely vital to know exactly what should be fed to keep your cat active and healthy. Cats need specific food so they can maintain their energy levels and at the same time repair their body tissues.
If your cat is a year old, it has become an adult. Making sure that he is fed about two times a day is deemed appropriate. Many people feed their cats with dry food, which is okay as long as they provide their cats with a lot of water to compensate the dryness. The dry food is less expensive and stays fresh for a long time. If you are feeding just dry food to your cat then be absolutely sure that it is balanced. The canned food variety has about eighty percent water and many cats prefer this over dry food.
Note that many cat owners give free access to food to their cats. This may be a hazard to his/her health if the cat does not exercise self-control. Food portions should be given according to the age and size of the cat. There is a huge possibility that you may be giving your cat food in portions according to the instructions written on the packaging.
These instructions are mentioned by keeping an average cat in mind. Your cat can be bigger than the average or can be smaller than the average as well. You may be serving either extremely big portions or small portions which can affect the health of your cat in the long run. It is best that you take your cat to a vet to get it weighed about every month so you know what amount of food is required by your cat.
A misconception regarding cats is that they should be given milk at all times. Cats should not be given milk as a special treat or as a substitution for water. Cats do not contain enough quantity of lactase in their bodies which is an essential enzyme for the digestion and breaking down of milk.
We absolutely adore our cats and we always want to give them treats. As much as you love your cat, treats should always be given in moderation and should amount to five percent of their daily food intake. Giving them treats on a regular basis would not only spoil them but can make them gain weight as well. They would get used to it and would want some treats every day.
It is best to consult a vet well before switching foods or reducing and increasing the amount of food intake.