Get fat cats off to jungle gym
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