I’m sure everybody knows Garfield. He doesn’t need much introduction. When you think about Garfield, you thin about that over the top, sarcastic and forever hungry chubby cat from a popular cartoon. Garfield’s goal on life was eating as many Lasagna as he wanted, to the point of not being able to move for being so stuffed with food. Funny isn’t it? Actually, not quite. If Garfield was a real pet, this could be a big red flag.
A fluffy and chubby pet is really cute, but when you start losing control over its weight, then things start to get scary. Obesity in pets is a real thread. Excess body fat can develop whole other health issues that can thread the life of your four-legged friend. This is a problem that can be prevented by making healthy choices for your pet. As a pet owner you are responsible for what kind of life are you going to give to your pet.
Overweight, just like for humans, is often the result of overfeeding and lack of exercise. Although It can be also caused by an hormone disorder, you can prevent it by changing the habits. You love you pet, and want to give them everything they want, but before doing it, you need to consider the consequences on their health. If you are sharing table scraps with your pet at dinner time, it will make your pet obsess about getting some whenever you are at the table. A food obsessed pet will demand more food even when it is already satisfied. If this is combine with limited physical activity, it can become very dangerous, very fast.
Talk to your vet about what kind of food is best fitted for your pet needs and how much should you give. This will depend on your pet weight, age, activity level and other factors. Monitoring your pet’s weight is key for understanding what works best for your best friend. Your vet can guide you to design a diet that will give to pet the amount of calories it needs without overfeeding.
Small changes on your routine can mean a big difference for your pet’s life: Wake up 15 minutes early to take a walk with your pet or have a playtime with it. Change free-feeding to controlled meals 2 or 3 times a day. Don’t share people food with your pet, it creates obsession and also can be toxic for your pet.