Obesity Diabetes Cats
November 16, 2011 by staff
Obesity Diabetes Cats, FROM BEANBAG-SHAPED dogs to cats with profiles like footballs and rabbits with double-double chins, pet obesity is out of control. One recent study revealed that almost two thirds of dogs are carrying extra weight.
I know from my own household how difficult it can be to keep pets slim. We are strict about not over-feeding our dogs and cats, but things don’t always go according to plan. Our young terrier, Kiko, is quick to steal food wherever she can find it. She’s discovered the outhouse where we feed our cats, and if we’re not careful, she nips in through their cat flap to clean out their bowls.
Last week, she suffered the consequences of her greediness. Her waist has recently expanded, and when she tried to sneak in through the cat flap to grab their food, she didn’t quite fit any more. She wriggled and struggled, like Winnie-the-pooh trying to get out of the doorway when he was full of honey.
Eventually, Kiko managed to get through the hole in the door, but as you can see from the photo, she took the cat flap with her. Kiko is now back on a strict diet, and we’ve fitted a microchip coded cat flap, so that even when she loses weight, the cat flap will remain shut to her. She won’t be able to get at the cats’ food any more.
Obesity is bad enough on its own, making it difficult for animals to move around and do simple daily tasks like grooming themselves. But additionally, it aggravates all sorts of other problems, including arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes.
You’d think it would be simple to keep pets slim and trim; after all, they can only eat what we give them. If your pet gets fat, offer her a little less food, and surely she’ll soon slim down. Dogs and cats can’t usually open fridges or cupboards to help themselves when no-one’s looking.
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