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Fat Cat! Pets start developing same diseases as their owners in record numbers.

In 2007, animals, Cats, europe, health, pets, UK on August 7, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Where’s my lasagna biatch!

In the true spirit of Garfield, pet cats in the UK are starting to get the same diseases as their owners, relishing on the lazy 21st century western lifestyle.

“The lifestyle of cats, just like their owners, is changing. They are tending to eat too much, gain weight and take less exercise. Unfortunately, just like people, cats will overeat if they are offered too much tasty food, particularly if they are bored and have little else to do.

“While cats would naturally exercise outside, many cats are now house-bound — perhaps because they live in a flat or because their owners feel that it is too dangerous to let them out — so they have little to do all day but eat, sleep, and gain weight,” said Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore from the University of Edinburgh.

The fattening of the UK population of cats parralels that of the human population and has led to a sharp rise in the cases of diabetes in felines.

Among the breeds, Burmese cats are three times more likely to develop the disease.

Tips for all you cat keepers in having a healthy pet cat include:

Choose a healthy, natural cat food

Lots of foods are full of artificial additives, sugars and cereals and not enough meat. Look for natural dry foods with at least 26 per cent meat and wet foods that have more than 80 per cent meat

Feed the correct amount

Follow the guidelines on the packaging rather than just feeding to your cat’s appetite

Small regular meals

Don’t leave food down all day. Instead, give your cat small regular meals when it is hungry

Avoid titbits and treats

Leftovers tend to be very fatty and treats are usually rich in sugars, so avoid letting your cat snack between meals

Make your cat work for its food

Rather than serve the food openly in a dish, hide it. You can buy specially designed toys in which to hide dry or wet foods, or you can improvise Exercise

Introduce exercise gradually

If you have a fat cat it will need to be eased into it. Cats are not like dogs. There are no set targets and you cannot force them to exercise

Playtime

Rubber balls, a ball of wool or any toy with catnip in it should really get them going. Activity centres with scratching posts and hanging toys are a good way of interesting them in exercise

Walkies

You can buy harnesses to take your cat out for a walk. It is not for every cat, but some will benefit

The RSPCA has a website with advice for animal lovers about how to keep their pets in shape: www.petsgetslim.co.uk .  

Source: timesonline.co.uk

 Hey, after all that, maybe even you can get in shape just like your pet cat.

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  1. My cat is a little fatty, but beside this, my cat is Miss Kitty.
    I can’t image myself writing in the pc and this cat jumps to my legs, lol. All animals are very nice but today I saw a cat pic that seems a demon. What pic Oh my Gosh…

  2. Indeed it is an ugly looking cat!
    Not pretty at all.
    I think you need to take your fatty cat for a walkies Emma, and make it work for it’s food!

  3. My cat is so lazy… Only runs for asking for food as in this moment, shouting and go runing and doing grrrrrrr!!!! is a big show.

  4. Sounds like that would make a good youtube video!
    Crazy cats, I’m more of a dog person really…

  5. The state of that cat is very wrong, there should be a law against it, surely that cat is going to have major health problems in the future, if it hasn’t already, the world has gone crazy, the owners of that cat should be prosicuted for cruelty to animals.
    Oh, by the way, it’s not just western lifestyle being lazy, it’s the whole world that’s getting lazy

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