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Time to Call Jenny Craig

By ibjennyjenny
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He is not quite this bad yet but getting close...when I saw this photo I just cracked up because it really makes him look a lot larger than he is but he is a large cat. Mikey weighs in at about 16 pounds and we have been addressing his weight during this last year or so...when he lost the ability to clean his bottom end. LOL
He is doing much better now since we stopped free feeding and has much more energy.

This photo is funny because is is really exaggerated but obesity in our animals is no laughing matter. 54% of the pets in the USA are Overweight According to Latest Veterinary Survey that equals about 93 million US Dogs and Cats. Being overweight puts them at risk for so many problems including Osteoarthritis,
Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart and Respiratory Disease, Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury, Kidney Disease,Many Forms of Cancer and a Decreased life expectancy. (up to 2.5 years)

The reason behind all of it is pretty easy to figure out, too many calories and not enough exercise. Free feeding is very problematic when it comes to their weight also. Problem is, we can't just go cutting back their food without the advice of a veterinarian, especially with cats because of their risk for fatty liver Disease if they drop the weight too fast. So it's always best to consult the veterinarian before doing any drastic changing of the diet.

With Mikey, I decided to just stop free feeding and start making him exercise more which has been funny at times because trying to get a cat to exercise when they don't want to is not always easy. He is still a chunky monkey but we are trying and that is what matters. LOL

Model is Mikey
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Guard-of-the-Citadel's avatar
Ah yes....let me tell you a little story. I had (past tense) a stray that followed my husband home years ago. He was starving. He had this long tail and these big ears and I told my husband then: "If he grows into that tail and those ears, we're in trouble!!!" Well, believe me, he did!!! All of 23 pounds of him! He wasn't lazy; he was a very sleek healthy boy...he was just big! He developed thyroid cancer in his later years which should have just melted that weight right off of him but no, when his life ended, he still weighed in at a good 'ol 19 pounds! The vet couldn't believe it!
Now my Arthur looked like your Mikey except he had yellow eyes....nice beautiful long hair that got on everything! Sadly his life was only 4.5 years long but he was a nice big boy too. Beautiful like yours! I have a couple of scanned photos of Arthur in my gallery. I don't think I have any of Oscar, my 23 pounder.
Truthfully, I am known to grown 'em big though.....:)
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faved and added to his file on my page :D
33M's avatar
Mikey is wonderful....My Sophia Loren is also a bit chubby. She weighs 20 pounds and looks like
a little BooBoo Bear from the cartoons, Yogi Bear....

I took her in for a diabetes check and she tests clean, but I too changed some of her feeding
and have noticed an increase in energy and alertness with more healthy eating...

Keep up the great work, I adore your work and your photos....

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Looks a little like our "Fat Cat" [link] who weighed in a 35lb over a year ago. He's going on 14 years old and is a shelter animal (like most of our cats have been). He wa returnedbecause he "nipped" and the 1st adopter said he was too agressive, but he turned out to be a big butter ball. He'll even let Mr. B use him as a pillow.
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Does he have a winter coat in this photo? My cat Evie looks twice her size in the winter, then later I realize how tiny she is.
jam-a-val's avatar
I have the same problem with my 2 cats. I stopped free feeding them too and they both seem to have more energy now, especially the older one who's around 12 years old. But they both still look a bit big. haha... I also recently changed their food to one that's for cats that have been spayed or neutered. Hopefully it helps. :)
ibjennyjenny's avatar
Just the fact that you are aware of it and trying to do something to change it helps.
Wet food is actually the best way to go with it because it doesn't have the calorie intake the dry has. And studies have proven that cats fed a mostly wet diet have less of a chance of developing kidney disease and stones. In the wild, their diets would be wet which is where cats would get most of their water needs met, they are not the best drinkers so when we place them on dry diets they can suffer some real problems.
Sounds like you are doing all the right stuff though, and 12 years old means you care. It's good to see others paying attention, they really deserve our efforts.
Thanks for reading the description. :)
jam-a-val's avatar
You're welcome. ^_^ To be honest, both my cats drink a lot of water. My 3-year-old cat LOVES drinking water. If she hears someone pouring water into the bowl, she runs towards it right away. XD
ibjennyjenny's avatar
One of my kittens is like that...he hears the faucet and it's on....LOL
jam-a-val's avatar
LOL :XD: My older cat smacks the younger one occasionally (when the younger one bothers her lol) but they're both adorable and I love them! :heart:
iytj's avatar
he is always gorgeous!!
and super healthy,as well!:w00t:
ibjennyjenny's avatar
LOL Little too healthy. LOL
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