The number of overweight cats in America has risen by 169% in the past 10 years. By way of comparison, there’s been an equivalent 158% increase in overweight dogs over the same period.
Thirty-three percent of cats and dogs are overweight or obese in America.
Banfield Pet Hospital also tells us in which state there are the most overweight cats and dogs. They also tell us that there appears to be no correlation between overweight people and overweight pets. By this I mean that if a person is overweight it does not necessarily mean that his/her pet will also be overweight. This surprised me. The conclusion was arrived at by comparing obesity amongst humans and pets across American states.
The top 10 states with the highest percentage of overweight cats are as follows:
- New Mexico
For comparison, the list for dogs is as follows:
- New Mexico
One reason why cats and dogs are becoming more obese is because people have normalised obesity and fail to see it in themselves and their pets.
In addition, it is thought that because people nowadays are more inclined to treat their cats and dogs as family members they are as a consequence more inclined to treat them with tasty food.
And of course becoming obese is always down to two factors one of which is eating too much and the other is a lack of exercise or activity. Therefore the increase in obesity would seem to be also associated with a lack of proper exercise in cats and dogs generally.
There are other factors I’m sure such as the quality of the food they eat and the amount of interaction they have with their owners. It is said that genetics may play a role with respect to Labrador retrievers.
I don’t know whether there is an increase in the number of indoor cats. If so then that could also be a contributing factor.