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Hi everybuddy! Wally here. Y’know…us cats are creatures of habit. We like a routine. And having a routine is good. But not just any ol’ routine…we need to have a healthy routine. ‘Specially if you need to lose some weight.
Excess weight in pets is a big problem these days. More than 50% of us cats are overweight. Even a little bit of extra weight can be an issue for us…5 extra pounds on a cat is like 30 extra pounds on a human! This excess weight can impact our overall health and wellness and can cause health issues like diabetes, respiratory and digestive conditions, heart disease and arthritis.
Having a healthy routine can lead to a more healthy pet. Here’s what should be part of any healthy routine.
Every day your human should set time aside to play with you. We love playing with our wand toys ‘specially the ones with feathers. Playtime not only provides you with the much needed exercise to get you to and keep you at your perfect weight, it’s a great way for you to bond with your human. Playtime is fun time!
Having set feeding times can help keep you at your perfect weight. You should be fed a food that provides you the proper nutrition for your age and size. We’re fed twice a day…morning and evening. And we get a snack before bedtime just to hold us over ‘til morning. I think it’s so we don’t wake the mom up too early. The mom measures our food out to make sure we get only the amount we need. Fresh water should always be available for you. Treats are okay…but only in moderation.
And if you’re in the 50% of overweight pets and looking for a new food to help you lose weight, Hill’s has developed a new food for both cats and dogs…Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight. It provides breakthrough nutrition formulated to help you achieve a healthy weight and improve your quality of life. The #1 ingredient in Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight cat food is chicken along with other natural ingredients including prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion. It’s 100% precisely balanced nutrition and is ideal for multi-cat homes.
Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight is available in both dry and canned versions. A new Small and Toy Breed dog formula was introduced this month. You can find Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight at your vet, favorite pet store or online pet stores like Pet360.
Do you need to lose some weight but don’t know how or where to start? Along with the Science Diet® Perfect Weight, Hill’s has developed a 10 Week Turnaround calendar to help you create a healthy routine for losing weight. You can get your own printable version of this calendar by clicking HERE.
Regular Vet Visits
Now I know that for most of us cats, going to the vet is one of our least favorite things to do. But it’s important that you visit your vet at least once a year…more if you’re older or have any health issues. The vet will weigh you to make sure you’re maintaining a healthy weight, and will check you over for any potential health problems. It’s much easier to deal with a weight or health issue if it’s caught early.
There are other things that should be part of your healthy routine, too, like napping and regular brushing. And don’t forget cuddling with your human!
Having a healthy routine isn’t hard to do and can lead to a healthier you and your perfect weight.
Do you have a healthy routine?
If not, have your human start one with you today!