11:00 02 April 2009
Pet owners are neglecting the health of their cat in order to beat the credit crunch, a new survey has revealed.
53% of cat owners are replacing traditional pet food with human meals such as takeaway, roast dinners and fried foods like bacon and sausages.
A quarter of those polled believe they are saving hundreds of pounds a year by giving the cat their meals.
However, vets have warned Brits that they are endangering the lives of their pets - who can suffer from malnourishment, obesity, diarrhoea and severe vomiting.
Currently, pet owners waste 110 million each year on unnecessary vet fees caused by poor diet.
The poll of 175 UK vets and 1,000 cat owners was conducted by Iams Pro-Active Nutrition in conjunction with the new 4:1 campaign which advises Brits on a budget to switch from wet cat food to dry.
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