Get fat cats off to jun­gle gym

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS -

NOT only hu­mans are fac­ing an obe­sity cri­sis – the world’s mog­gies are, too. Over­feed­ing and lack of ex­er­cise mean 40% are over­weight.

Now own­ers are be­ing urged to make sure their pets get a daily work­out. Vet Dr Carolina Vilches Romo, an ex­pert in fe­line medicine and surgery, sug­gests try­ing hunt­ing games and even ham­ster­style wheels. “We’re not rec­om­mend­ing that peo­ple start walk­ing their cat on a lead like a dog, as this can cause dis­tress to an an­i­mal that craves con­trol.

“But house cat own­ers should be cre­at­ing a daily ex­er­cise rou­tine for their pet. Cats that never go out­side un­su­per­vised should get at least 30 min­utes’ ex­er­cise a day. Hunt, jump and play, try to in­cor­po­rate these into your ex­er­cise rou­tine.”

Aim for 10 to 15 min­utes, sev­eral times a day. Cat obe­sity can up their risk of heart dis­ease, can­cer, di­a­betes, kid­ney dis­ease and asthma. – Daily Mail

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