Moggie Matters: It’s Giveaway Time For Your Favourite Feline Friend

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NEW ZEALAND HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CAT OWNERS IN THE WORLD?  WELL IT’S TRUE WE DO.  WE HAVE A TOTAL FELINE POPULATION OF ALMOST 1.5 MILLION.  THAT’S A LOT OF CATS.

So it’s safe to say we love our cats (maybe not Gareth Morgan but that’s another story).

But sometimes we end up killing them with kindness and over feeding them.  I know I’m guilty of it at times.  It’s hard to say no to those cute little eyes staring up at you.

New Zealand Veterinarian and Eukanuba expert, Dr Justine Alley, says, “New Zealanders love their pets but our desire to keep them happy can mean we inadvertently over-feed them in the belief that they are craving more variety and well just more.  Unlike humans, cats don’t crave variety, as long as their diet is based on animal protein, similar to what their ancestors would have enjoyed.”  

Sadly the effects of obesity on pets are similar to those in humans.  For small animals, like cats the extra weight is even more of an issue as the pressure on joints, ligaments and internal organs.  This can cause persistent pain and discomfort, something we are likely to be unaware off, until a serious health problem arises.

An easy way to check your cat’s weight

• Rub your hands on the top of your fist (clenched), if your cats ribs feel like that they are underweight.

• Rub your hands on the bottom of your flat hand, if your cats ribs feel like that they’re overweight.

• Rub your hand on the top of a top of your flat hand (unclenched), if your cats ribs then it is the perfect weight.

 

Choosing the right cat food

It’s easy to ensure your cat receives the correct amount of energy and that other essential nutrients are provided in the right amount when you start with right food and offer it in the correct amounts with plenty of fresh water.

• Select a high quality cat food that has been clinically formulated for cats.

• High quality cat food may cost a little more but when used in in the right amounts it is money well spent, given the overall benefits to your pet’s health.  Remember this is their only source of nutrition so any shortcomings, even small ones will be more pronounced over time.

• Read the ingredient list to see what is used to provide these essential nutrients.  Eukanuba for example uses beets for fibre.  This is shown to promote fullness and satiety.  The protein is chicken with additional fish oils to provide essential fatty acids.

• High quality animal protein is not only important to support the nutritional needs of your cat but it is the diet there are genetically programmed to live on.  So your food should be predominantly made from an animal source.

• Choose cat food that fits your cat’s age and life stage so it is nutritionally geared to their requirements during that time.  Kittens need more calcium while older cats benefit from immune and digestive system support.

• Choose a food that supports your cats entire health needs, not just one aspect.  This should include strong immune system and bones, healthy digestion, tissue repair and regeneration evidenced by a soft and shiny coat, and also dental and urinary heath.  Each one plays an important role in keeping your cat healthy and happy.

• Follow instructions on the cat food packet to ensure you feed your cat the correct amount for its needs.

Eukanuba Cat is high in all of the essential nutrients and when you select the food designed for your cat’s stage in life it will provide just the right amount of energy along with all the other essential nutrients they need.

 

WIN WIN WIN

To celebrate the New Zealand launch of Eukanuba Cat we’re giving away 3 x Eukanuba Cat packs to the value of $104.90 each.  Each pack includes a 4kg bag of Eukanuba Adult Cat Food (RRP $74.90) plus a limited edition Eukanuba Cat Food Bin for easy accessibility and to keep food fresh.

To enter to win one these fab prize packs simply tell us in the comments below why you’d like to win and click HERE to officially enter.

Everyone who has commented and entered will go in the draw to win.

A winner will be drawn and announced here next Sunday 4 May.

Good luck!

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