Not All Fluff
If there’s one thing Garfield taught us, it’s that cats love gorging on lasagna and sleeping their days away. But have Americans taken the hilarious feline’s food fancies too seriously? Maybe. New research from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention shows a rise in pudgy pooches and fat cats. Worse, 90 percent of cat owners and 95 percent of dog owners incorrectly identified their obese animals as normal weight. What can we do about this phenomenon? Take care of our pets’ dietary needs as we would our own. Check out this chart suggesting caloric intake for animals based on their weight— however, make sure you ask your veterinarian before making any changes to your animal’s diet.
CATS 10 lbs. / 180 to 200 calories
DOGS 10 lbs. / 200 to 275 calories 20 lbs. / 325 to 400 calories 50 lbs. / 700 to 900 calories