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    14 Human Foods You Shouldn’t Give to Your Cat


    OK, so most cats won’t gobble up people food as ravenously as a dog. And heck, most cats will even turn their nose at foods that would cause a dog to sacrifice a limb in exchange for a nibble. 

    But that doesn’t mean cats will never partake in some human food, should the opportunity present itself. Actually, there is enough misinformation about cats that many people inadvertently give them foods they think are nutritious and delicious, but in actuality might send the cat’s stomach for a whirl — or maybe worse.

    The following foods are best if they’re only used as treats, or kept away from your cat entirely. 

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    Topics: Cat food, Alcohol toxicity, Grape Toxicity, Cat Treats, Cat Diet

    Recognizing and Helping Overweight and Obese Cats


    What do you think about your pet's weight? Be honest. Do you think that they're an appropriate weight? Do you think they're too thin? Too heavy?

    Would it surprise you to learn that 56% of the dogs, and nearly 60% of the cats in America are overweight or obese? This is according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and based upon the results of their 2017 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study. What is perhaps even sadder, and will make the problem that much more difficult to combat, is what they found in their landmark 2009 pet owner study... that many pet owners didn't recognize that their pets were at an unhealthy weight (and what that meant to their pet's health and comfort).

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Diet, Heat Stroke, Food, Exercise, Urethral Obstruction, How much should my cat eat, Calories, Hepatic Lipidosis, Pancreatitis, Ideal pet weight, Obesity, Diabetes, Diabetic

    ‘Fat Cat’ & ‘Portly Pooch’ - it can cost your pet (and you) dearly

    What do you think about your pet’s weight? Be honest. Do you think that they’re an appropriate weight? Do you think they’re too thin? Too heavy?

    Would it surprise you to learn that nearly 50% of the dogs, and nearly 60% of the cats in America are overweight or obese? This is according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and based upon the results of their most recent (2009) National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study. What is perhaps even sadder, and will make the problem that much more difficult to combat, is that 33% of the dog owners in the survey incorrectly believed that their overweight pooch was actually at a healthy weight. For cat owners, this percentage was even higher at 46%. And when it came to obese pets, defined as a pet being at least 30% heavier than what their normal weight should be, owner’s perceptions weren’t much better - 25% of dog owners, and 40% of cat owners, got it wrong there too.

    Why should you care?

    Why is this important? Because excess weight on pets doesn’t just worsen their arthritis and slow them down, it can have significant financial and medical implications in the event of an emergency or illness as well. This translates to more debilitation and longer hospital stays for them, and more inconvenience and higher costs for you!

    Take ‘Dave’ for example…
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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Cat Diet, Fat Cat, Overweight Cat, Overweight Dog, Dog DIet, Fat Dog

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