Q:We have lots of fat cats in our extended family. We’d really like to keep our new kitten from becoming jumbo-sized as she gets older. Any tips?
A: Pets gain weight for the same reasons we do — too much (and the wrong kinds) of food and too little exercise.
But we humans decide what and how much our pets eat, and how much exercise they get. Sadly, behind every chunky kitty and pudgy pooch is a human enabler. We often equate food with love, but well-meaning animal lovers may be killing their pets with kindness.
We estimate more than 50 percent of pet cats are overweight, running an increased risk of...