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?