Over time, man has started to move less and eat more, and he passes these unhealthy habits on to his pet. You take good care of yourself by drinking tea (visit geekshealth.com/tea-burn-reviews-from-customers for more about Tea Burn and its weight loss benefits), why would your dog or cat lack something?
If your pet begs for more attention, you are quickly inclined to give some treats. Moreover, it is nice to be busy with your cat or dog. But do you realize that this is a beautiful reflection of your desires? And what about the movement pattern of you and your four-legged friend?
What are the risks?
Be aware that 30 percent of dogs and cats and 52 percent of adults in the Netherlands suffer from obesity. For fat animals, as for fat people, this means a health risk.
Overweight pets have an increased risk of typical diseases of affluence, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and joint problems. This phenomenon is strongly reminiscent of the current obesity problems that occur in humans.
How do I go about it?
Under the motto ‘slim and healthy together’ you can easily do something about the overweight of you and your pet.
- Give your dog or cat a balanced, limited amount of dietary food. As a result, he gets less energy, but all the vitamins and minerals he needs. You too can start eating healthier.
- Tell your roommates, friends, and people with whom you are in contact a lot that both you and your pet are losing weight.
- If you grab a snack, keep track of how much and how often this happens. As much as possible, choose ‘safe’ snacks that are low in carbohydrates. Do you find it difficult to keep up with this? Then make a jar with the extras for that day, one for you and one for your pet.
- For yourself and your pet, use, for example, a kitchen scale or measuring cup, so that you know exactly what you are eating. Keep track of this in a journal as well.
- Divide your and your pet’s food over several servings a day. You then have less need for snacks.
- Don’t be tempted by a begging dog or cat while cooking. Rather put it outside the kitchen while you are busy with the food. Of course, you should not always ‘taste’ yourself while cooking.
- Move more with your pet. For example, you can put your cat or dog’s food in a feeding ball or different containers. That way he has to ‘work’ for his meal. If you have an animal that you can walk, regularly walk around an extra block or alternate a walk with cycling. This way you also get some extra exercise yourself.
- Playing is also moving! There are plenty of games to choose from, such as frisbeeing, ball games, or a scavenger hunt, games that you both enjoy doing. If you have a dog, go scootering together. A fun and safe way to get both more exercise and fitness.
- If you have a dog and he is too heavy, let him swim regularly. In the water, he weighs less, and therefore he can relieve his joints a bit, while his muscles become stronger due to the swimming movements. By the way, this also applies to you. To get your dog in the water, you can use a fetch toy or ball. By being so busy with your dog, you also get more exercise.
- If you have a cat that is too heavy, it is best to get him moving with cat toys, such as a fishing rod with a toy, electronic toys, a laser light, and feeding balls. While playing with your pet, you also get more exercise.
Both for you and your pet, it is healthier to lose weight gradually. Your pet also has to slowly build up his condition again and can get muscle pain just like you.
A weight loss of 1 to 2 percent of body weight per week is fine. An 80-gram weight loss in an 8-pound cat may not seem like much at first glance, but it’s a great achievement.