When you sit down to enjoy some of your favourite snack foods it is quite hard not to be tempted to share them with your favourite four-legged friend, especially when they are looking at you with their big beautiful hungry eyes. But as the human digestive system works quite differently to those of our four legged companions offering our pets treats off our plate is providing extra calories in their diet that will add up to extra kilos.
As in people, pets carrying extra kilos of weight place extra demands on virtually all the organs of their bodies. Animals that weigh over 20% of their ideal body weight are considered obese. The health risks to overweight pets are serious and every pet owner should be aware of them. An overweight pet may be susceptible to health problems such as:
- Damage to joints and bones
- Heart disease and high blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Reduced life span
Treating your cat
Cats that are allowed to indulge in human snack foods are not only prone to weight related health issues but they can develop behaviour issues as well, such as becoming quite fussy and refusing to eat their normal complete and balanced cat food, as well as jumping on the bench or dining table and stealing food from your plate.
You can still show your cat how much they mean to you without having to share your snack food by treating them with premium wet cat food. Made from human-grade ingredients FANCY FEAST Royale Broths are a perfect complement to your cats’ diet for days when they deserve something just that little extra special.
Think before you treat diagram
Download your poster and place it on your fridge to remember that little extras do add up for your cat!
Think before you treat for cats
* Based on average activity level of desexed pets.
** Based on Goverrnment daily Calorie intake of an adult human 2080 kcal and an average sized cat [4kg] 243kcal.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.