February 25, 2006

Fat Cats and Dumpy Dogs

This was a post that I made over on my blog Richardson Zoo. I thought that I would post it here as well. Enjoy!!!

It seems that America not only has a problem with obese humans, but obese pets as well. I randomly googled a search on "fat cats", and the number of results were incredible. In under one minute, I read about the famous Russian fat cat, Katy.

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Then I found a story about a fat cat in Berlin, Mikesch, that was turned into a shelter. He became fat, because his owner fed him a pound of mince meat a day! Cats are not the only fat pets either. Dogs are fast becoming dumpy in America as well.

Why are America's pet becoming obese? Experts say, it's because pet owners are "humanizing" their pets. We tend to treat them often, and much like our own workouts, become lax in walking and exercising routines. For a short list of calories per treat, click HERE. An overweight pet faces many of the same risks as overweight humans. Risks such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and hip dysplasia are all common in obese pets. For a complete list of risks, click HERE. How do we conqueor this problem? Experts say, we can stop feeding table scraps, cut back on their regular food, and exercise, exercise, exercise!! For some good diet tips, click HERE. For a weight reduction program, click HERE.

I have a fat cat and a couple of dumpy dogs at my house. I'm hoping to start a new routine. Fergie is a larger dog prone to hip dysplasia. She weighs more than she should, especially at a young age. My goal is to teach her to walk in the neighborhood for exercise (she can sleep more than any dog I've ever seen for age 4!). She is trained to walk on lead, but is really frightened out in the neighborhood. Casey said that he'd work with me to help her. She tends to do better, when she buddies up with Bear. With Casey's help, we can take them both at the same time. I'm going to try to cut back the treats to once a week too. I think everybody could benefit from that, even my pocketbook. I'm going to TRY to cut out any yummies off of my plate as well. Remember don't confuse treating with love. I keep trying to say that over and over to myself.

Hopefully by following these tips, we all will have happier, healthier pets that stay with us for a long, long time. Everyone have a great day!


husticia said...

I really feel bad whenever I see obese pets. I can never accept the phrase, "we love them so we have to feed them anything they like..." yeah right (rolls eyes)

We make sure that Jake walks at least 3-4 times a day (rain or shine) to get enough cardio work.

Thess said...

Hello Cheryl! I am glad you've posted this piece here..it's what most of us loving 'parents' need to remember all the time, that food doesn't equal love.

you know what, I tend to keep an eye on my father in law whenever he is visiting, because he's always , always! feeding my pug with whatever he has in his hands. up until now, my husband & i manage to regulate our pug's weight, which is 8 kl (his vet is so proud of him!) that he's the slankiest pug around the hood. most weigh 11 kilo up and hate walking, which my pug is totally the opposite of.
so balance diet + enough exercise = true love, i agree!

Anonymous said...

Does it not strike you as rather random that you accuse Americans of having fat pets and then link to two stories that appear to be about German and Russian cats?

Cheryl said...

I was stating that those two instances were the reason that I chose to address the topic that we Americans have rather obese pets as well. There are a number of American google results that show that as well. Just a few.




Sorry that I wasn't more clear. Obesity in any pet, no matter where they live, jeopardizes their health.