Yes, Your Pet IS Fat!

Ways to Tell if Your Pet is Fat

Just because your kitty cat does not fill the entire window sill, and your puppy is not yet waddling, chances are your pet may still be considered fat. 'Pudgy' is now becoming the new standard for our pets. Unfortunately, just like people, our pets are now suffering from the same diseases, e.g. arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and liver problems, and are even prescribed the same human medications.

(Just added: I just wrote a hub about acupuncture for cats and dogs because they are affected by human ailments - please see link below)

I live in NYC where I regularly see people walking their waddling dogs, and the young (giant) cat that decided to come in my window? - when I picked him up to put him out, and he swung at me, he must have weighed a good 20 pounds - and had quite a fist.

According to the ASPCA* our pets our supposed to be 'shapely' just like people. But, if it is true that people and dogs look alike, maybe it was destined to happen - fat Americans = fat pets.

Not sure? Then consider the following:

The Hourglass Shape - Your pet should be shapely when you look down - a bit broader at the shoulders, narrower at the waist and broader again at the hips. According to the ASPCA - dogs and cats should have a 'waist' that is noticeable.

The Ribs - You should be able to feel your pet's ribs, with just a thin layer of fat protecting them. If you cannot feel the ribs without pressing, your pet is overweight.

The Tummy - I've seen dogs and cats with stomachs nearly dragging the floor. Your pet should have a tummy that is tucked up a bit when you look from the side at the flank area. There should be a noticeable 'tuck' - meaning the abdomen should go upward from the bottom of the rib cage to the inside of the thighs/flanks.

One more issue:

What is Fat Around the Tail Base? - I was watching Judge Joe Brown - two women were suing a breeder because they said they bought tea cup dogs that were supposed to be tiny - but they were now too big and too heavy. With the help of the expert testimony from a Vet, it was determined that the pets were being overfed. The Vet said that in addition to the hourglass shape, ribs that can be felt, and the tucked in tummy, there should be no fat around the base of the tail. These two dogs were fat in all the categories.The plaintiffs lost their case.

Susceptible Dog Breeds - According to the ASPCA, Labrador retrievers and pugs are most susceptible, as well as older dogs. Cats are said not to be as susceptible to obesity, but I think that is changing due to the poor quality of food. (See next)

What to do? Just like with people, the first thought is give your pet less food and increase exercise - but if it doesn't work with people why will it work with pets? We truly have to stop beating up ourselves and recognize that we have a serious problem with our food supply. The problem we have to face is the fact that just like people, our pets are also living on a diet of processed and prepackaged food - food that is devoid of nutrition, filled with empty calories, sometimes found to be toxic, and who knows what else that may be causing weight gain.

What then to feed pets? I think this requires some thought. Just like people need to return to whole, fresh food for optimum health, our pets probably need real foods too.

But no table scraps? - We always hear this, yet when I was growing up, we always gave our pets the same food we ate and they lived forever, were never sick, had healthy coats, and were never fat. Neither were we. We have been told (but by whom?) that we should never give our pets human food because it is not good for them - that's probably true, now, because it is not good for us either. But we have to admit that just like the 'processed food for profit' for people, it is also created for pets.

Pet foods are healthier? - I really don't know about that since we don't know what's in it and so often, just like people food, the food is recalled. Once, I read the ingredients in a can of dog food and it said something about it containing 'horse meat' - well, I don't know where it occurs on earth, but I have never known dogs to bring down a horse to eat. I know too, that beef is recalled annually here in the US by millions of pounds, and is put back on the shelf - somewhere (see link).

An Avocado - another hubber - theherbivorehippi - wrote a comment in my avocado hub and told me how she came home one day and found that her dogs had eaten her avocados and left the pit and peels laying around. Pretty funny because I can visualize the scene, you come home, turn on the lights and look at this giant pit laying in the middle of the floor, then the plot thickens with peels, another pit, and probably no dogs in sight - but I do think our pets need good fat just like we do.

Grass - no not that kind of grass, the lawn. I know cats are meant to tear into meat but I think they need more than that - and I'm not going to bring home mice - so yes, a variety of store-bought foods and scraps - but one day I decided to pick some of my own pesticide-free grass and see what my two cats would do with it...

Well...they nearly ripped my fingers off grabbing it out of my hands. I could barely get it down to the floor, they made guttural sounds as they gobbled it down, they were like wild animals! - and then they looked at me with big dark wild eyes - for more? and made me nervous. So occasionally, I would bring in a little grass - and yes, they always acted like lions. Both my cats, one rescued from the street and another from a shelter, lived to be 13 and 15 so I don't think the grass, and table scraps hurt them. If anything, I think it was the toxic food that was recalled that may have suddenly affected one of my elderly cats who suddenly got ill. Seems melamine was found in much of our pet food supply. If you check the internet, you will find that pet foods are regularly recalled. But it is up to the manufacturer to decide to issue the recall.

What's a person to do? I don't know, maybe cut back a little on the store bought pet food and find out what other foods you can supplement the diet with - foods that are fresh and natural. There are pet food recipes on the internet. Time consuming? Yes, but the cost of a trip to the Vet will wipe out all the time you have ever saved in your life and don't forget the costs of prescription.

But if you must fill a prescription - here's a great suggestion from the ASPCA - it recommends not filling a prescription at the vet - it may well be cheaper at a local pharmacy as it is the same medication that people use - which scares me because we do know about side effects.

And sure, run them through the house - make them play. I find dogs are naturally hilarious - and like a good time, and cats are wry and will allow you to amuse them and may even join you in the fun and games. I now have a rescued cat and she is the most playful cat I've ever had and she is nearly two years old. I've had her a year. I've never played so hard with a cat - but how could I not. She's used to being outdoors and running free and fast, and climbing and stalking and so on. She runs me through the house, then I run her.

With my newest cat, I think - like myself, about varying my poisons. This is because even organic salads and such have been recalled. So I give my beautiful wild cat a wide variety of foods. I'd hate to read about a recall and knowing that particular food was her diet exclusively.

Some suggested reading:

A job? Well, if you are tired of leaving every morning, for the first of your three to six jobs, and watching Fluffy or Rex laying on the couch - not even bothering to say goodbye - maybe it's time for your pet to get a job (see link below) - and by the way, cats can earn more.

- and keep you pets safe at home because they will put anything in their mouth (see link).

- and what about people who eat anything? Well, just know that it is often banned or not even considered in other countries but we eat it in the US - and probably give it to our pets. See that link too!

*ASPCA is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

I had no idea that pet food was being recalled as well. What is this world coming to? This was very eyeopening, and it's pretty sad that the weight of our pets is a gauge to our own lack of a good diet and excercise program. Thank you for another informative hub BkCreative.

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, BKCreative, for a very interesting and informative hub. Whatever next?

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ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

Thank you for this hub it was quite informative and cute. I am getting a puppy soon so maybe I will get one that already has her masters so she can get a decent job. lol Nice work.

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msorensson 7 years ago

This is so timely. My black lab is "kind of chubby". The last time we went to the vet she said Blair had to lose 20 lbs.

Thanks for this hub.

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ralwus 7 years ago

My wife is always concerned that our dogs are too skinny. They are perfect except for the Toy Fox Terrier, he is fat. LOL I don't have a link, but I know that most vets now will tell you that as long as your dog consumes now more than 2% of their daily diet in table scraps they will be fine. Mine get both and are doing well. They also enjoy their grass along with our cats and tend to eat it when they feel the need. I am careful with the processed pet foods we get them. Thanks for a good read.

Will McCracken 7 years ago

Thanks for the info on pet pudge. One of our cats is 7 months old so we've been feeding her canned food and IAMS kitten chow. Our other cat, however, is 12 (and not in the LEAST happy about Ms Bits) and she's been eating the same kitten food so she's been beefing up. Any suggestions on how to meet in the middle?

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It would make a great movie - wouldn't it Veronica Allen - "Americans are recalled" - yes, the pet food was filled with a substance called melamine - which was killing our pets. And in doing this research I see recalls continue.

You're welcome Hello, hello. Whatever next, indeed. The bad thing is that it is already happening and we don't find out until it is disastrous. Well, of course Tylenol is being recalled and many other Johnson & Johnson over the counter drugs. Supposedly the problem was known in 2008 - but nothing was done.

You know ladyjane1 - dogs used to work - they had jobs. So why not now? Good luck with your cutie!

Hello msorensson - seems labs have a predisposition, don't know why. Hope Blair is doing okay now so those human diseases can be avoided.

Glad to hear from you ralwus and to know that vets are finally recognizing the need for change from this processed pet food supply - since no one can guarantee the safety why go along with the sell? Your 'skinny' dogs are probably perfect. And the grass too - see our pets know they need the veggies. Thanks for all that information.

I bet Ms. Bits is one of those cutie kittens, Will McCracken, so maybe your older cat is eating from cute-kitten-frustration. I had two cats and the boy was getting kind of round - so I put his bowl on the other side of the kitchen and he was quite happy about it (for some reason) - and never went near the other cat's food (totally surprised me) so I was able to control his portions. Maybe this will work.

Thanks so much all for the great comments and the fun feedback!

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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Hi Bk, great hub - I feed my cat and dog Paul Newmans or Pet Promiss - a bit of wet and a dry - the cat gets Greenies Treats and the dog gets a bite of people food now and then - like a piece of chicken or a bit of toast or something like that. My dog is 15 and can run like a puppy - he is not overweight at all - my cat is 5 and she is also at a healthy weight. I would never by food from the grocery store - I don't trust it because I don't trust what is in it!

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

It's a damn lie my dogs are not fat lol. Mind you one is cuddly. Ome of my dogs loves slices of apple. Raw carrot makes a low fat treat for them also. Avoid high protein treats as they add on the pounds.

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Wife Who Saves 7 years ago

Your hub hit the nail on the head. My little terrier jumped from 13 lbs. to 21 lbs. on straight dry food. A friend told me to stop feeding dog food and feed her the same food as we eat. She is down to 17 lbs., is completely alert, and runs around the apartment full of energy. Thanks for a great hub.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Love these comments from the hub pages community - where else can we find out what is happening? And then the priceless input.

Thanks so much kartika damon for setting forth a diet that is working - and exactly what you are feeding your little ones. The proof is in their good health. I must send this hub to a friend who has a cat that is gradually filling the whole window sill - I'll send your suggestions as well.

Love your comment ethel smith - no way I'd call your cuddly one a pudge! Thanks for recommending the treats because this is information we can share. My sister's dog was giving a specialty bone treat purchased at a pet store which did a lot of internal damage to my niece/dog. A carrot or apple would not have done that

Great proof Wife Who Saves - that the packaged processed food is making our pets fat. It's not that we are feeding them too much - it's the product itself that is blowing them up. Our pets need real food just like we do. Thanks so much.

The comments and priceless feedback are so appreciated because others who read the comments will have proof of what works! Thanks so much!

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Actingperson 7 years ago from Southern England

Our dog is a bin hoker and porky. We call him itchy fatso, not very nice but true. He's on a strict no bin diet. He's very active but too fat for his size. Thanks for the hub.

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Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Funny you should write this hub. I actually have a report from a very reputable source which explains the ingredients in dog food and the healthiest ones to feed your pet.

It is very true that the type of food matters a great deal in the obesity of animals as well as humans.

Great hub!!!

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yes, Actingperson - our pups are putting on the pork. But yours is active and on a no bin diet - so he should be a 'hottie' soon. Nice to meet you!

Sounds great Wealthmadehealthy - maybe you will do a hub and share the information. We have to stop giving our pets food just because it is advertised or sold on the market shelf!

Thanks for commenting!

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theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

AWESOME HUB! This was well worth the wait. Very informative and oh so very very true!! I really enjoyed reading this!

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much theherbivorehippi! I am glad I could share your avocado incident - I can tell your pups are great fun with lots of personality!

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information. Although I don't have animal in my house but I like this information. Very complete. I'll share to my friend. thanks

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

Hey Mam, even the health of cats you know it, HEHE, great one, as I have heard about arthritis for cats and diabetes too, the tummy yes, indeed, sometimes I see cats here who are big bellied, something is wrong, Thank you Ms Carolyn, Maita

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Glad you came by anyway prasetio30. And great you'll share with friends who may have a fat pet or two.

Yes, Lady Maita - our fat pets are getting the same diseases as people because of obesity and a poor diet. Seems most of the cats I see now have a big belly. I'm glad you stopped by and read!

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Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

Hiya, I just wanted to say that my family have always fed the dogs and cats, one meal a day and my mum always bought them fish,liver or chicken. not the expensive stuff, just the off cuts from the butchers. it was quite cheap and she used to cook it every evening. When I think of then, I can still smell the mixtures of the food for the animals! The thing was that we had two dogs, one after the other. The first one we got when I was ten, then second one died when I was thirty nine!! yes, they both got to a grand old age. The thing about grass and the cats going mad for it, is because grass is the cats medicine. They eat it when they get indigestion problems, that is why they always eat it after their food. Dogs don't tend to do it as much, but it is the same reason. it soaks up the poisons in their body and gets rid of any tummy trouble. All cats are supposed to be able to get to grass, so they can stay healthy. great hub. cheers nell

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank so much Nell Rose. I like your explanation about the grass. No doubt my cats may have had indigestion problems because they were eating store bought food. And I remember my own mother preparing and giving special foods to our pets. Sickness was never an issue.

Glad to hear about your dogs living to grand old ages - and enjoying real foods.

I'm enjoying your hubs by the way. Nice to meet you!

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Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

Thanks Bk, and I look forward to reading more of yours. cheers Nell

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Cheers Nell Rose!

eve 7 years ago

This is an article that interested me most.

Thank you for your good article.

I will be reading often.

Great photos beautiful and sexy I love most.

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Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

Hmmm - maybe I'll have to stop fussing at my husband for feeding our schnoodle table food. He is somewhat overweight (the dog not my husband) - the vet said he had to lose 5 pounds by the next visit. I had no idea that so many dog foods are full of fat and chemicals - just like our processed foods. Thanks for the great info - you have made me rethink my dog's diet.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you so much for commenting eve - glad the article interested you!

So true Patti Ann. Another hubber told me about the waste that goes into pet food which turned her off totally from using it. Yes, we have to rethink everything that has been sold to us as 'food' - surely we were not meant to live on this stuff!

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kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

I'm sure that's right about labrabor's being more susceptible. My dad has one that has always been a bit overweight. The trouble is if you take it to the park for a walk it spends the whole time scavenging and always seems to find a half eaten packet of chips (meaning fries) or something.

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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Really interesting hub, I like your style. That bit about the grass, I've seen dogs and cats eat grass, and they wouldn't eat it if they didn't need it. I think the pets need less meat and fat and more greens, just like the people.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It is so interesting about the labs, kephrira - I had no idea they would be more susceptible, and why are they? Of course foraging for chips and more may have something to do with it.

When I think back Paradise7, I now seem to recall cats and dogs always enjoying a bit of a graze in the grass. I'm convinced now like you - that all of us animal types need more good fat and veggies.

Thanks for commenting!

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martinkono 7 years ago

Pets become similar to their owners, both in character and posture. That is at least wrong. It is the owner's life style fault and often his job. The solution is simple: You have a sitting job and you are overweight - do not torture your pet with lack of movement. Look at animals in wild, they are never fat, because they move. Thank you for a solid hub.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome martinkono. I think more of us need to live in the wild like other animals. I expect the food may be better. Probably why animals don't get so fat - they have to hunt for what they need - it doesn't come in a box or can. We've taken away so much of their natural habitat unfortunately.

Tommy 7 years ago

This hub is really useful. I like to read more about this. Thanks for the article presented.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Tommy! Thanks for reading and commenting!

Aewsome guy 7 years ago

I read you other hub and just had to read more, I have a friend who's dog grew so fat that it had fat deposits, similar to tumors, that had to be removed. When htey were removed it left alot of skin and fluids built up. The vet had to put in two tubes for it to drain out of. Needless to say the dog looked alot like a bagpipe.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Great to hear from you again Awesome guy! And this about your friend's pet - that's awful - but a reminder of what can happen to our pets because of a poor diet. Poor dog. And it already is being done by/to people - to drain the fat out of us. Glad you are enjoying reading the hubs - thanks again for commenting!

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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

BK! I don't have one single dog now. You know i had 21, and they were well fed. We spent a ton buying "Science Diet", and they loved it. My Labradors were kinda 'fat', perhaps because our yard was not big enough for them to get their full exercise. They lived to 12-14 years tho, which we were happy about. What a great hub! I may get a Jack Russel, so i'll be bookmarking this! Arf!!!

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Oh Arf! So good to hear from you Island Voice! And good point you raised - maybe a lab needs much more room and that is why they are susceptible to being kinda 'fat.' I'd love to hear about your Jack if you get one!

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bengriston 7 years ago

People want to spoil their pets and most often this is done with food. But really they are only shortening their pets lives with all the excess weight.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So true bengriston - so many treats are sold on the market - the last thing our pets need unless they are being trained. And so we give and give and give - I suppose it makes us feel good for some reason but it's not beneficial. Thanks for commenting!

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cheaptrick 7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi BK,sorry I'm so late.We had a power outage and just got turned back on.This Hub is a benefit to all pet owners.I cant claim to own Bosko my siamese he's more of a free loading room mate lol.How do you get through to a cross eyed siamese when he playes with things that aren't there lol.His Vet told me clean filtered water is crucial so I picked up an excellent pet fountain on Amazon with a charcoal filter at a very reasonable price,also you can get Grass(no not that kind lol)gardens of a square foot or more on Amazon that cats love.Thanks for raising awareness in this area.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the water suggestion cheaptrick -it's another thing that we tend to overlook - the need for fresh water. Love that your Bosko is letting you know who is boss. I too had a cat who would respond to things that were not there - it can freak you out. Like one moment she'd be looking at me and suddenly she'd look beyond me - with giant alarmed eyes - even crouch down. Real funny - and alarming.

Thanks for commenting!

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stephensaldana 7 years ago from Chicago

The clarity and balance shine from this hub. It can be regarded as the most intriguing hub. It is very common that if our beloved pet goes outside, then it is very much possible that the pet will engulf some undesirable material. This might not indulge positive for pet. Therefore it is very necessary that we should always keep eye on the pet. The food provided to them, only by the properly prescribed by the experts.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi stephensaldana - I'm seeing that our pets will as you say put anything in their mouth - we do have to watch them - there should be no unexplained chewing. Thanks for the compliment and thanks for commenting!

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billips 7 years ago from Central Texas

Great Hub BkCreative - my vet wanted my two already slim dogs, post-orthopedic surgery, to become even slimmer - when they returned even slimmer, she was surprised - said people just will not listen - keeping our pets slim will help prevent disease, extend their lives, and save vet bills - we would get similar benefits, if only we would listen - regards, B.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much billips - you raise a good point about 'slimmer' - we tend to have a whole new definition of slim these days - but we are really nowhere near what we should be and certainly not our pets. I'd say most of the dogs in NYC are overweight - and where there used to be one vet in my neighborhood there are now 4, doing a lot of business. Must be a reason.

Thanks for your input.

Tony 7 years ago

Great educational hub. People don't let your pets get fat!

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Mitch King 7 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

Not all the pet foods and treats for sale are made with the best ingrediants. Pet owners need to pay attention to what they are buying just as they do for themselves.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Tony - we really need to be more aware of the poor quality of products sold for feed and how it is harming our pets. Since I wrote the hub I became even more aware of all pets - and most are fat!

True Mitch King - we have no idea really what is in those cans or boxes. We do have to take control of this situation - thanks for commenting!

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dahoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Our dogs have been overweight and for the reason that my wife cannot resist giving the dog food beyond its regular diet. Our current dog is diabetic and I think it is because of the previous overfeeding.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for sharing that information dahoglund - it shows that diabetes is probably not inevitable or even genetic as we were one time told - but more likely due to diet.

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HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

Great info. We have a dog and we only give him dog food. He is getting old. We will have to rethink his diet.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you for writing HealthyHanna!

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abchs_princess 7 years ago

My dear cat is young hunter, and he is really huge! But I never gave him cat food. He used on easting rest of our meals, and beside that-poor pigeons and mouses in my street (or my part of town as he is able to go on some days, and come back home on day or two, and every time more fat than before:))!:)

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So nice to meet you abchs_princess! I'd love to see your young hunter cat. Other people may be feeding him as well while he is out on his adventures.

Thanks for writing!

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abchs_princess 7 years ago

You are welcome, BKCreative, nice meeting you too!

Well, probably you are right!

Important is that he is coming back home:) :)

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for checking back abchs_princess! Glad your furry one is coming back home after his adventures!

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BeatsMe 7 years ago

I always thought that fat puppies and cats are cute. Guess I was wrong.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Isn't it interesting that they are called 'so cute' BeatsMe? As a matter of fact I was looking at these photos the other day with people holding up their super fat cats and they were so proud and smiling. Here in NYC I see people walking their overweight dogs who are waddling and can barely keep up. Poor pets - and it's totally our fault.

Thanks for commenting!

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J Burgraff 7 years ago

A great hub. We are so indebted to our beloved pets, and keeping them healthy is the very least we can do. Fat pets are uncomfortable pets. And like humans, they succumb to diseases that have resulted from too much weight gain. Like diabetes. Cats are particularly susceptible to this. We found out a bit too late that our outdoor kitty had diabetes, and even though we got her treated and gave her insulin injections twice a day, we couldn't keep her inside and just eating her diabetic diet catfood. She knew where all of the outdoor cat and dog bowls were. So...even if you have an outdoor pet, have them come inside to eat and/or at least put their food where others can't get it. Thanks again for reminding people to watch their animals diet. I think if I had a more watchful eye I would have been able to prevent my cat's untimely demise.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I appreciate you sharing your experience J Burgraff - because this is painful when we lose a pet and then wonder what could we have done. Perhaps others will see obesity not as cute but as a death sentence - with suffering in the meantime.

Your comment serves as a great reminder that cats who go outside can be eating anything at all. And also that obesity, as in humans is not normal, and causes human diseases. And yes, when I see the poor pets waddling here in the NYC - they look so sad, and exhausted. There is bad quality foods everywhere and our pets will eat it.

Thanks for writing!

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wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

Interesting, informative and well written. Good advice, great hub.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome wrenfrost56! I'm enjoying your hubs by the way. Thanks for writing!

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mulberry1 7 years ago

Beyond over feeding, pets also need exercise. I know people will just have a fit, but allowing your pets outdoors to run etc. is important. Overprotecting them and insisting they be indoors at all times for their "safety" isn't necessarily helping their health overall. Some pets are kept in cages most of the day, and then let out within the house in the evening...even big dogs. This creates health problems as well as obesity.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello mulberry1 - I live in NYC and you would be surprised at the gigantic dogs that people have in these tiny apartments. I agree with you, exercise is necessary. I can't believe that the NYC dogs are getting enough exercise with just a walk to the fire hydrant. One neighbor takes his yellow lab for an hour long walk each morning before work no matter the weather - and his dog is sleek and beautiful. There is almost nowhere to run dogs in the city - so you have to take them for long walks.

Dogs are quadrupeds and are meant to run!

Thanks for your input - and reminder to pet owners!

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pmccray 7 years ago from Utah male is sooo overweight. No signs of waist or any inclines except his legs.

Both my cats are former street urchins, the female is the oldest and has recently dropped some pounds due to illness.

Thanks for this advice, my catson does weigh 20 lbs, last trip to the vet he was weighed, the personnel there thought he was a small lion pup. When the frost is gone its back to the backyard and some exercise and strict diet. Again great hub and have a wonderful day.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yep, it is happening to all of us pmmcray! Then of course in the winter we add on the pounds too. I had one rescued cat that was such a nervous wreck she never gained weight - poor thing. But the vet said she was perfect and she ate and ate...

The fresh air, sunshine - all that good stuff - and we'll be back on track.

Thanks for writing!

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AdamGee 6 years ago

This is a really big issue, so thanks for bringing some attention to it! My friend's mom has 4 extremely obese cats. I want to say something to her, but I don't want to hurt her feelings. Even though I know I could be saving the cats' lives if she listens to me.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You know AdamGee - this has shockingly become the norm!!! Just yesterday, I was looking through a typical women's mag and the cat used in their photo was just outright obese! It was painful to look at the cat! But that was the cat they chose to model - their idea of a cute kitty - cuddly they call it. I think we have lost our minds! And yes what do you say to an adult that should know better.

Thanks for commenting!

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Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

Thank you for bringing this pet problem to everyone's attention. Many people are in denial that their pet is overweight. Pets rely on people for their care, so people need to be responsible pet owners.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Rose Kolowinski. It was just a matter of time before we realized that harmful food products would also be a part of the pet diet.

I'm glad that we are fed up and ready to effect change - there is no need to wait for manufacturers to do us a favor - they need to answer to us and will when we talk the language of $$$$$!

Thanks so much for your input!

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AntoineAllen 6 years ago from New York City

This is a great hub. Thank you for info.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Antoine Allen. Good to hear from you - thanks for commenting!

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C_Pinto 6 years ago from USA

Interesting, and well written as always, thanks BKCreative!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you too C_Pinto. Glad you found the hub interesting!

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bbqsmokersite 5 years ago from Winter Haven, Florida

We continue to struggle with one of our dog's weight gain. He gets tons of exercise, but we just can't manage to keep it down.

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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Seems so many of our pets are overweight and live on such a processed diet. They are gaining weight like us because we have such a poor diet. Hope you find the right diet because now I am reading that dogs are suffering from diabetes - just like us.

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bbqsmokersite 5 years ago from Winter Haven, Florida

We've recently started both our dogs on a minimal ingredient diet. We ourselves are going on a partially raw diet. Wish us luck!

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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Oooh, both of those would make great hubs. I need more raw in my life and kind of live for summer when more fresh fruits abounds. Sounds great! Good Luck!

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bbqsmokersite 5 years ago from Winter Haven, Florida

Yeah? Maybe I'll write them up! Appreciate the commentary and conversation!

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viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

loved coming across this hub! :)

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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm followingyou bbqsmoersite - so I will know when you do. Yay!

I'm so glad viveresperando. Thanks for commenting!

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Paulart 5 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

Thanks for sharing this info with us. Very helpful for pet owners.

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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Paulart. Glad you found it useful!

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