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My fat cat

Sunday, October 10, 2010

OK...so...Here's the thing...

And this thing is this.....

My cat is fat.

For the past four weeks I've been focusing so much of my time and energy on my own health and goals that I haven't realized my cat has been morphing in to a PIG.

What's up with that?

Sparkfeline, where are you?!?!

I mean it.

We've had our cat for one year. We celebrated his first birthday in August. He's been happy and content most of the time. I mean, he was a little depressed after his "boys" were taken...but nothing that I felt needed an intervention.

Then I noticed that his reservoir cat food feeder needed to be filled more often. "He's having a growing spurt," I thought. And I left the house to go on my morning walk.

A few days later, while I was standing in the kitchen, eating my nonfat yogurt, my husband looked at me and said, "Have you REALLY looked at Stewie lately? He's not just big, he's FAT."

Sure enough, I looked down at the kitchen floor, and there he lay. He looked less like a cat and more like a furry armadillo. Barely able to reach out and bat at his toy mouse. It was disgusting.

I immediately went online to research what to do about cats who overeat. It's a fairly common problem apparently, especially with solitary cats who are kept exclusively indoors. "Ration his food," I read. "But do it gradually so to avoid other health problems."

Urgh...isn't one of the blessings of having a cat the fact that they are independent? Now I have to measure his food for him? On a schedule?

Other suggestions that I read is to get him another cat playmate. (My husband says no.) Or to allow him to walk outside, with a harness and leash. (Thus subjecting him to ridicule from the other neighborhood cats.)

Yesterday, I noticed that every time I went in to the laundry room, Stewie ran in and starting eating. So he doesn't like to eat alone! Should I stop doing laundry?

I think rationing his food is really the best option we have.

Oh how I wish he had a cat support group. He needs to fellowship with other cats who are having the same issues. Surely there are food-addicted cats needing a buddy as badly as he does.

But where to find one?

I guess WE are his support system.

If I don't get him help, he could develop diabetes.

So...here I am, massively working on my own weight loss goals...and now also taking on the weight loss challenges of my massive cat.

Any suggestions, input, encouragement, stories?
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  • no profile photo CD1951302
    I have a cat that I took in from outside (probably dropped off in my neighborhood), and evidently got in the mindset of constantly searching for food. When I managed to take him into my household after feeding him a while and gaining his confidence, I had him fixed and got him shots. The vet said that he was too heavy at that point and was a prime candidate for diabetes. So now he lives in my spare bedroom and gets fed twice a day about a quarter of a cup each time. He is now down to a better weight, but when released from his bedroom starts searching for food again and will eat just about anything if I forget to put something away.

    He gets some exercise time each day, running about the house, but I have to make sure all cat food is inaccessible (plus all dog food, and people food).

    It is similar to our efforts to lose weight and be healthier. We measure and track our food and we exercise more.

    My son has a dog that he didn't want to get fat. So from the beginning, my son fed him at set times and didn't free feed him.
    3865 days ago
  • JATHUENER
    sory about Stewie i have not luckly had that problem but both my sisters did. I know there is devices out there to help with limiting the food that your feline fur baby takes but like me i an not do that. I guess maybe more play-exercise time huh/ I saw in a magazine where they had a treadmill for dogs to be able to walk inside regardless of the weather so maybe if you search the web for silly things you might be amazed cause something will be there to buy to met your needs. Good luck with Stewie---julie
    3866 days ago
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