New Year’s Resolutions for Pets
New Year’s resolutions have really gone to the dogs – and cats. According to a new study, 61 percent of pet parents have made goals for their cat or dog for 2019.
The report, conducted by OnePoll in partnership with NomNomNow, surveyed 1,000 pet owners. The study found that approximately half (48 percent) of dog owners and 27 percent of cat owners planned to make a resolution for their furry friend. The most common resolutions included:
• Exercising more (56 percent)
• Trying a new activity (49 percent)
• Losing weight (49 percent)
• Better hygiene (47 percent)
• More playtime (44 percent)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that, like humans, many of these pet resolutions revolved around health. In fact, 71 percent of respondents said that they see the New Year as an opportunity to help their pets get more fit.
This comes after a couple months filled with indulgence for humans and pets, alike. A majority (59 percent) of participants thought they gave their pets more food and treats over the holidays. Dogs were 36 percent more likely than cats to be overfed during the festive season.
“Obesity is a true epidemic in dogs and in cats, and causes a number of potentially harmful long-term health issues,” said Dr. Justin Shmalberg DVM, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and Chief Nutrition Officer at NomNomNow. “The best decision pet parents can make for an overweight pet is to truly engage with ways to reduce calorie intake and avoid overfeeding (especially treats which can contribute a large amount to total calorie intake).”