Latest Stats Show More Than 50 Million Overweight U.S. Cats: Purina® Cat Chow® “Why Weight?” Pledge Encourages Cat Owners To Check Their Cats For Extra Weight

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 Your PURRSONAL invitation to join in the  PURINA® CAT CHOW® “WHY WEIGHT?” TWITTER PARTY 

Follow along as Stacie Connerty (@StacieinAtlanta), lifestyle and wellness experts Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson (@ToneitUp) host a Twitter party with Purina Cat Chow (@CatsOutofTheBag) about the importance of keeping your cat at a healthy weight. There will be fun facts, images and prizes along the way, so be sure to use the hashtag #WhyWeightPledge to follow along!

 Help Purina Cat Chow reach 100,000 pledges by May 2 and they will donate $50,000 to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

As a cat owner, you know almost everything about your cat, from her favorite napping spot to playtime preferences. But her extra weight may not be so obvious. Purina Cat Chow announced today the Purina Cat Chow “Why Weight?” program asking people to commit a minute to their cat’s health to determine if their cat is at a healthy weight. Cat owners can take the Purina Cat Chow “Why Weight?” Pledge until May 2 to learn how to assess their cat’s weight and put that knowledge to use.

Purina Cat Chow is aiming to reach 100,000 “Why Weight?” pledges by May 2 and will donate $50,000 to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to provide educational tools to veterinarians and support research to help reduce the number of overweight cats.

According to the latest data from APOP, more than 50 million owned cats in the United States are overweight – that’s more than 58 percent of all owned cats.1 The study also shows that less than 12 percent of cat owners realize that their cat may have a weight issue.1

“As cat people and cat owners, it’s sometimes hard to admit or even realize that our cat may be too heavy, but even just a few extra pounds on your cat can be a weighty issue,” said Vincent Biroscak, Purina Cat Chow brand director. “We’re encouraging cat people to take the Purina Cat Chow ‘Why Weight?’ Pledge and commit to learning how to assess their cat’s weight as well as put that knowledge to use so they can share a better life together with their cat.”

The Weighty Facts on Cat Obesity

  • 58 percent of owned cats (50 million) in the United States are too chubby
  • Less than 12 percent of cat owners realize that their cat may have a weight issue
  • 42 percent of pet owners don’t know what a healthy weight even looks like for their pet
  • 3 extra pounds on a 10-pound kitty is the equivalent of 45 extra pounds on a 150-pound human
  • Overweight cats are 4.5 times more likely to develop diabetes
  • Heavy kitties are seven times more likely to experience joint pain

Given the startling facts about cat obesity, Purina Cat Chow commissioned an online survey conducted by Harris Poll in March 2014 to reveal cat owners’ thoughts and perceptions about the weight and health of their cats.

  • 57 percent of cat owners don’t measure their cat’s food at feeding time
  • 28 percent of cat owners admit they don’t know the proper amount to feed their cat
  • 34 percent of cat owners think a few extra pounds won’t hurt their cat’s health
  • 37 percent of cat owners think it’s cute if a cat carries a few extra pounds as there’s “more to love”
  • 27 percent of cat owners are unsure on how to help their cat lose weight
  • 23 percent of cat owners believe that cats get all the exercise they need on their own

Purina Cat Chow “Why Weight?” Team Members
Purina Cat Chow is teaming up with the APOP, and its founder Dr. Ernie Ward, to raise awareness about the issue of cat obesity and educate more cat owners on the importance of keeping your cat at a healthy weight. According to the APOP, the health conditions associated with pet obesity include osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, joint injury and pain, various forms of cancer and decreased life expectancy.1

“The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has partnered with Purina Cat Chow because we have shared goals to educate more cat owners about the impact extra weight has on our cats,” said Dr. Ward. “We’re working to close the ‘fat pet gap.’ We want more cat owners to realize that their cat may have a weight issue and understand some steps they can take to remedy the problem through the ‘Why Weight’ program.”

Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson are also teaming up with Purina Cat Chow to help raise awareness for the “Why Weight?” Pledge. Karena and Katrina are not only fitness and healthy lifestyle experts, as evidenced through their successful “Tone It Up” franchise; they’re also passionate cat people. They’ve taken the Purina Cat Chow “Why Weight?” Pledge for their cat Monkey to ensure they help her maintain a healthy weight throughout her life.

“Katrina and I believe in living a healthy lifestyle and as cat people, we’re proud to partner with the Purina Cat Chow “Why Weight?” program to educate and inspire cat people to take an active role in learning about their cat’s weight,” said Karena Dawn. “Our cat Monkey gives us so much every day and asks for so little in return – it’s worth the minute it takes to do a hands-on weight assessment to ensure we keep her happy and healthy.”

Simple Solutions to Improving Your Cat’s Weight
Every cat person who commits to building a better life with their cat by taking the Purina Cat Chow “Why Weight?” Pledge at has the opportunity to receive a free sample of Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight formula. Just complete the simple steps following the pledge to have a sample sent to your selected address.

Cat owners can help their cat by making a few simple changes, such as measuring your cat’s meals, adding playtime to your daily routine, and choosing high-quality nutrition such as Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight formula. Also, be sure to schedule regular appointments with your veterinarian.

The Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight formula is designed to help cat owners maintain a healthy weight for their cat and still feed them the flavor they love. The formula is high in fiber with a satisfying, hearty crunch.

Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight formula helps promote a healthy weight and lean muscle. For more information on specific ingredients used in the Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight formula, visit

The Purina Cat Chow Community – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – offers a place for cat owners to gather and connect with like-minded people to celebrate all things ‘cat.’ Cat owners can gather valuable advice, tips and support from other Community members, or just share photos and stories about their furry friends. Visit to learn more and join the community.


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