Cat owners will be able to pick up tips on how to keep puss in shape by visiting Cats Protection at this year’s BBC Good Food Show Spring.
The UK’s largest feline welfare charity will be attending the show at the HIC Harrogate, from 10-12 April, with a whole stand bursting with cat care information and guides.
Cats Protection’s Events Manager Emma Osborne said there would be plenty of advice on hand for owners who want to keep their cats in tip-top health.
She said: “Spring is often the time where we think of getting ourselves in shape for the summer and it’s a good time to think about the health of the pet cat too.
“It’s important to keep an eye on your cat’s weight, because just as with humans, being overweight can cause serious health problems like diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.”
The good news is that by following a few simple steps, owners can help puss lose weight and stay healthier for longer. Top tips for keeping cats in shape are:
· Seek veterinary advice before putting your cat on a diet – sudden, crash diets are not healthy and your vet will be able to offer the best healthy eating plan.
· Always measure your cat’s food – it can be tempting to a pour a few extra biscuits into the bowl but most dry cat foods are very high in calories and it’s important to stick to the manufacturer’s recommended feeding amount.
· Cut out the treats and tit-bits – feed your cat his daily ration at intervals as directed by your vet and avoid giving treats and table scraps in between.
· Avoid fatty foods – don’t be tempted to feed your cat lavish dinners, as they are best fed a specialised cat food diet. Cheese, chocolate, crisps and other “human” food is not good for cats. If you really want to offer your cat a special treat, give him a little boiled fish or boneless chicken.
· Be strict with puss, and yourself – cats can be very persuasive but try not to succumb to your cat’s plea for extra food. Often, a cat which is miaowing and begging for food is bored and will be easily distracted by you stroking or playing with him.
Emma added that as well as healthy eating advice, visitors to Cats Protection’s stand can find out about adopting a cat or becoming a volunteer for the charity and can also purchase cat-related merchandise.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres. To find out more about the work of Cats Protection, please visit www.cats.org.uk
To find out more about the BBC Good Food Show Spring visit www.bbcgoodfoodshowspring.com