Losing weight seems to be on nearly everyone’s to-do list for the new year—but humans aren’t the only ones with an excess poundage problem. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over half the dogs and cats in the U.S. are significantly overweight. Just like people, when pets are overweight they’re more likely to develop diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
The fact is that well-loved pets are often too-well-fed pets. Here are some other helpful tips for regulating your pet’s food intake and activity:
- Measure your pet’s food to make sure you’re not overfeeding
- Place food into toys that require interaction with your dog or cat to receive a food reward (food puzzle).
- Hide kibble around the house so that your cat must hunt for food, or put it high on a kitty tree
- Spread meals out throughout the day (but make sure the total amount fed for the day is the correct amount)
- Play with your cat or dog using love and attention, not treats