Big Pets Get Bigger: Latest Survey Shows Dog and Cat Obesity Epidemic Expanding
- 53% of adult cats and 55% of adults dogs are either overweight or obese. This is an estimated 47.3 million cats and 41.1 million dogs.
- 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners with overweight animals classified their pets as being a normal weight.
- Obesity rates increased from 2010 to 2011. For cats, the numbers increased from 21.6% to 24.9%. For dogs the change was less drastic, increasing from 20.6% to 21.4%.
- Though 72% of dog owners surveyed indicated that their vet had discussed issues associated with excess weight, only 49% of cat owners had similar conversations with their vets.
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