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More facts about pet obesity

pet obesitySo we’ve already talked about facts and figures concerning pet obesity across the world. But unfortunately there are quite some more statistics known about overweight cats & dogs. One of our goals is to raise awareness about pet obesity through this website. That’s why we’d like to share with you some more interesting facts about this matter:

  • More than 20% of pet owners thought their pet’s weight was normal while they were actually overweight, and some even obese.
  • On average, cats and dogs who are 10% above their ideal natural weight are considered overweight while cats and dogs who are more than 20% above the their ideal weight are considered obese.
  • Golden hamsters should weigh somewhere between 5 to 7 ounces while dwarf hamsters should weigh in between ¾ and 1 ¾ ounces.
  • Even with pet birds obesity is the number one health problem. Many birds have food lying around in their cage all the time. Because they don’t have to work for their food and don’t get enough flying space they just eat and sleep all day long.
  • According to the so called Purina Lifespan Study, obesity can take up to two years of a dog’s lifespan.

(Sources: CNN, POP, RSPCA)