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Published: Jun 29, 2011

Pet obesity is on the rise, and there are several ways an owner can slim down their feline friends. According to the Santa Barbara Independent, a local animal shelter is decreasing the price of the overweight cats in its facility in hopes that their prospective owners will be able to shape them up.

In the early 1970s, nearly one in eight cats and dogs were overweight, which is detrimental to pet health. Today, more than one in three pets are overweight, and this can cause a series of health risks including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and some forms of cancer, according to the news source.

Getting a furry friend moving around can avoid these hardships. Simple things, such as putting the cat bowl a littler bit further away to make the feline walk a little further, can help. And don't forget that these furry friends love to chase feathers or toys.

According to the ASPCA, the two main factors in feline obesity are overfeeding and lack of exercise, and both of these can be easily avoidable for pet owners.