Help Your Cat Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

During the holidays, cats and humans should watch what they eat.

Posted: November 10 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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Many people are concerned with keeping extra pounds at bay during the holiday season, but pet owners should also monitor extra goodies for their cats to avoid pet weight gain.

“Our pampered pets have become real couch potatoes who receive little exercise and are being fed foods that often lack true nutritional value,” said Julie Washburn, spokesperson for Petland Inc.

With extra baking taking place in kitchens throughout the country, pet owners should avoid sudden diet changes for their cats, which can lead to an upset stomach and diarrhea. Greasy and fatty leftovers can overwhelm a pet’s pancreas, leading to more serious health problems as cats’ digestive systems are not receptive to these foods, according to Petland officials.

In addition, pet owners should try to keep their cats out of the kitchen while cooking, in an effort to reduce begging, Petland officials said.

Many pet owners show love to their cats by feeding them treats. Instead, Petland officials recommend engaging in activities with pets, such as petting, grooming and playing with them. Playing also adds the benefit of exercise — another way to keep extra pounds away during the holiday season.

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Ellen    Attleboro, MA

11/12/2007 12:28:26 AM

I always watch my cats weight

Sara    Atlanta, GA

11/11/2007 9:06:37 AM

My kittens are such beggars. It's kind of funny.

Angela    Hamburg, NY

11/11/2007 8:44:16 AM

Very good to know. I am just so glad that kitty doen't like people food, he only likes to bat it around!

kino    Spring Valley, CA

11/10/2007 10:43:17 PM

thanks for sharing

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