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Fat Cat? Tips for Keeping Your Feline Friend Slim and Trim
By Alisa Weinstein

For many of us, food is love. And it’s no different when it comes to our kitties. Why not let your cat lap the leftover milk from your morning cereal? Or share a nibble of cheese? Too many snacks, however, even healthy, vet-sanctioned ones – not to mention the extra few kibbles – can quickly result in more of your kitty to love. And that chubby belly that now doubles as a floor duster can cause some serious trouble down the line. Extra weight can make your cat tired and sluggish, stress his joints, heart and lungs and put him at serious risk for diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. Here are some strategies to help your cat slim down.

-Set meal times. Free feeding is convenient – for you – but for most cats, it's best to feed them a limited amount of food on a timed-meal schedule. 
-Feed more wet food. In general, experts say that at least 75 percent of your cat's diet should be wet food, via either good-quality canned foods or homemade diets. Work with your vet to find a brand with higher protein and a lower percentage of carbohydrates – close to 8% is usually ideal.
-Exercise. There are plenty of new, interactive toys on the market that can get your pudgy friend on the move. From cat towers to laser pointers and battery-operated moving mouses (all available at your local pet store), the goal is to burn some calories—and bond with your pet while doing it.

As you change and adjust what and when your cat eats, be sure to give him plenty of affection in the form of playtime, petting or cuddling, whatever makes him happy. Lots of affection will help him equate love and comfort with you – not his food bowl. For more info, go to


Car Sick Kitty:
Relieve your cat’s carsickness with these simple travel solutions

by Robin Honig

While most dogs love to travel, you probably won’t ever see a cat poking her little head out of a car window. Pookie Uncomfortably tight quarters combined with loud noises and stop-and-go motion typically make for a very frightened cat. Even short trips can end with a queasy kitty and a stinky car. But with the right preparation and a good treatment plan in place, travel can be trauma-free for both the cat and her owner.

-Don’t Fill Her Up. Take away food for at least three hours before travel. An empty tummy will make her less likely to throw up. Water, however, is okay and might help calm the stomach.
-Handle with Care. Drive carefully! Remember, getting there faster won’t make for a vomit-free trip. Take it easy around corners and up hills, and go a little slower than usual.
-Stay Close. Like humans, carsickness in cats is often worse in the back seat where the motion of the car is more extreme. Put the carrier in the front seat next to you. (It will also be easier to check on kitty at stop signs and traffic lights.)
-Be Vocal. Leaving the safety of home is often stressful for cats. Since vomiting can be brought on by extreme agitation, the sound of your voice can help calm her down.
-Give  Her a View. Don’t block the carrier opening. Cats are less likely to get sick if they can see beyond the cage and watch the passing scenery.
-Make it Breezy. Be sure to open your car windows. Fresh air usually eases nausea. (Always keep the carrier safely locked so that kitty can’t escape.)
-Keep it Cool.  Check the cage frequently to make sure it hasn’t overheated. Turning on the air conditioner, even with the windows open, can help keep temperatures low.
-Pop a Pill. If all else fails, try a holistic remedy for anxiety (Serene-Um, Pet Calm and Rescue Remedy are good choices) or a pet-dose of Dramamine. For extreme cases, your vet may give you prescription.  Remember , never give your cat any kind of medication without talking to a doctor first.

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