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WHEN FLUFFY IS TOO
Fat cat memes might be funny, but
feline obesity is no joke. In fact,
nearly 58 percent of U.S. cats are
overweight or obese, according
to the Association for Pet Obesity
A study published in October
2015 in the journal Preventive
Veterinary Medicine identified two
major risk factors for obesity in
1-year-old cats living in
the U.K.: a dry food
diet and an indoor lifestyle.
Although the study authors
did not draw definitive conclu-
sions as to why dry food is relat-
ed to more overweight cats, it
makes sense that cats living
inside get less exercise. If
your cat is plump, talk to
your vet about her diet,
and try upping her exer-
cise with 20 minutes of
daily vigorous play using
feather wands and other
BY JACKIE BROWN, FREELANCE WRITER SPECIALIZING IN THE PET INDUSTRY
With Easter right around
the corner, don’t forget
these seemingly harmless
decorations that can be a huge
danger to cats.
Spring flowers: Beautiful flowers abound in spring, but certain
types are extremely toxic to cats.
Keep lilies, daffodils, and azaleas
far away from your feline.
Artificial grass: That plastic grass
for Easter baskets can be deadly.
Cats are really drawn to this stuff
and, if swallowed, it can cause
a bowel obstruction — which
requires an expensive and risky
surgery. Avoid it at all costs.
Chocolate and candy: Not all
cats will bust into your Easter
candy, but if yours does, the end
result can be hospitalization or
worse. Don’t assume your kitty
will leave candy alone — stash it