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Cat Obesity: Not a Problem to Be Taken Lightly

Now is the time for Aussie pet parents to take the leap and get their furry friends in top shape before they develop serious health problems.

With an estimated 33 percent of Australian cats either overweight or obese, it is important for pet owners to understand their pet’s nutritional needs and ensure they are engaging in some activity throughout the day.

Cat obesity is a real problem that can lead to severe health concerns including heart problems, diabetes, arthritis and even a reduced lifespan.

Bec's top tips on keeping your cat healthy and active.

1. Portion control – a simple way to keep your cat’s weight under control is by ensuring they aren’t exceeding their recommended daily intake. You can review recommended portion sizes by looking on the back of your pet food packaging to ensure you’re feeding your cat the correct amount to eat. This should be used as a guide only, as portion size will vary with age, size, activity level, breed and environment.

2. Stay active – some cats will naturally be more active than others. For those that are less active or strictly indoors only, you will need to find ways to keep them moving. Choosing a toy that will engage your pet in active play is a great way to keep your cat in top shape.

3. Consider different diet options – it is important to know your cat’s individual nutrition needs. Every cat’s diet will differ according to their specific breed and life stage, especially once your cat hits the age of seven, as they are considered seniors. At this stage, their metabolism will slow down and it’s best that they are fed a diet that caters for this transition. If your cat is under the age of seven and you are concerned about their weight, Petbarn has a number of healthy options online and in-store that can assist in your pet’s weight loss.

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