Seriously, though, the trend towards having a few extra pounds isn't something that only affects the human population - it seems to be transferring over to our pets, too. In the US, 55% of cats and 53% of dogs are overweight. In fact, the number of overweight cats in the US has increased by NINETY percent in the past 5 years! How crazy is that? Have we all gotten too caught up in tweeting or Instagraming Fluffy's latest cute thing to really stop and pay attention to their weight?
So far my boys are pretty lean, but I do worry about them getting heavier as they get older! Especially Ten, who insists on spending half his time on my shoulder. (Eep - makeupless photo! He decided to "help" me get ready this day!)
Part of it comes from people just not realizing that their pet is overweight. It's like with people - if you're around someone every day, you might not notice a gradual change in their appearance until you look back at photos from a few years ago and see how drastic the difference is. Plus, most of us love to indulge our pets, so feeling like we're depriving them if we try to cut back on food or treats sends us into guilt trip land, even if it's for a good reason. And as anyone who has watched that cat behavior show on Animal Planet probably knows, a lot of people try to make changes but get frustrated quickly if they don't work, and end up just sort of giving up and accepting things the way they are.
How cute is this video?? And so true!
Hill's has a new Prescription Diet formula of food that helps your cat or dog loose weight without having to cut down how much they are eating or change your feeding routine at all. There is wet food, dry food and even treats, so your kitty never feels like they're missing out!
Hill's is being awesome enough to let TEN of you try out this new food! Just keep in mind that since it is a prescription diet, they'll need a vet's approval to send it!
To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:
- What is your pet: dog or cat
- Pet’s age
- Pet’s current weight or close guess
- Your name
- Your email address
Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted. Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food. This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only. Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner. (If you have already won this prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again.) The winners will be contacted via the email they leave here and must respond within 48 hours, so make sure it's an email you check regularly!
Note: Please read the above directions carefully before commenting to enter! This giveaway will run until 11:59 pm Central on April 10, 2014.
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