Number of fat cats soars
Dogs aren’t the only ones fighting obesity.
A new study finds the number of overweight cats is at an all-time high.
Conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey found that 58 percent of cats were reported to be overweight or obese by their veterinarians. That’s up 5 percent from the group’s 2010 survey.
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The research also found that 53 percent of dogs are overweight or obese.
“Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” said the association's founder, Dr. Ernie Ward. “We continue to see an escalation in the number of overweight cats and an explosion in the number of Type 2 diabetes cases.”
Now about 80 million cats and dogs in the United States are at increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes and many cancers, according to the study.
Experts say that one of the biggest issues in fighting pet obesity is that many times owners do not recognize their dog or cat is overweight.
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They spend more money on dressing up their pets than paying attention to nutrition.
Grass fed meat fed raw daily, mixed in with some home cooked stew: lamb, beef, or chicken, sans the spices and condiments.
I love my pets, just not to death. All are in the proper weight range for their breed and size as are the 2 legged animals in the house . Good nutrition equals good health.
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