Catnip Can Help Prevent Your Cat From Getting Fat?

When a cat smells his catnip, he is ready to pounce.
How many times have you seen a cat and thought, "Wow, I think that cat could go on a diet"? Probably too many times. Whether it was your friends' feline or maybe even your own, this is never a good thought, and it's something that can be changed. Unfortunately, more and more cat owners are just letting their cats get fat.

According to veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, "Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation's pets. We continue to see an escalation in the numbers of overweight cats and an explosion in the number of type 2 diabetes cases." It has gotten to the point that now 58.3 percent of all cats are obese. Jeez.

Prevent Your Feline from Being a Fat Cat
Just like with humans, being overweight will lead to health problems in cats. Cats don't have the awareness to look after their weight, so it's an owner's job to help their cat out. But, how do you do this?

Cat Nip Toys Will Drive Kitty Wild

Catnip comes from the exotic plant Nepeta Cataria and is native to Europe and southwestern Asia.
If a cat is lying around the house unstimulated, it's no shocker when he starts to become overweight. The key is to give your cat certain tools that will promote stimulation. Obviously, cat toys are always great for cats. Today, there are tons of cat toys and most of them feature the magic of cat nip.

All cats are extremely sensitive to the smell of catnip, so sensitive that it causes them to flip around like a fish out of water. Cat nip is a member of the mint family and features an oil known as nepetalactone; this oil is the key spark to your kitty's madness.

The flipping out that is caused by catnip is great for all cats, cats that have a natural inclination to laziness and sleep. According to the Humane Society, "Most cats react to catnip by rolling, flopping, rubbing, and eventually zoning out. They may meow or growl at the same time. Other cats become hyperactive, running around like their tails are on fire, and some get downright aggressive, especially if you approach them. They must protect their toys!"

That is the perfect remedy for a fat cat. The cat nip will give them a punch right in the nose and drive them into action! After a few weeks, don't be surprised if your cat loses interest in his cat nip toy; cat nip eventually fades away, which means it might be time for a new toy.

By: Tim Snyder
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