While most felines are quite the little creatures that tend to remain active and normal sized, there are also those cats who end up being more of a sedentary, free-food-eating cat and eventually become obese. Obesity in animals, such as cats, has become quite a problem, especially when they aren’t being given the proper care they need. More obese cats have ended up in animal shelters in recent times. Most of the time, their caretakers and humans try to help them go on diets in order to slim down to a lower and smaller weight, but sometimes are unsuccessful, leading some of them to not survive for too long, One obese cat named Mr. Pickles started off quite the heavy kitty, but has lost almost half its weight in about a year – he’s made the news as quite the success story!
The feline ended up on the doorstep of the Scottish SPCA’s centre in Drumoak, Scotland in the summer of 2013; he was a stray who weighed a whopping 26 and a half pounds! Since arriving at the centre, the feline was put on a strict diet and exercise regimen in order to help him lose all that weight to get to a healthy spot. He currently weighs less than 14 and a half pounds! The staff has let the cat out of the cattery and the staff room in order to get a little more exercise. While it seems like a lot of weight at one time, he actually did lose it gradually, as losing too much too quickly could have made for serious health issues.
“We’re all so proud of Mr Pickles for reaching his goal weight,” said Debbie Innes, the assistant manager of the Scottish SPCA.
The accomplished kitty isn’t only known for his major weight loss: he’s also made a name for himself as a very kind and sweet cat! Being at the centre for over a year now, Mr. Pickles is a bit of a local celebrity – children adore him because he is one of the friendliest felines around. He often has kids (and adults!) visiting him that just pop in to see him and possibly get in a cuddle or two! Thankfully, Mr. Pickles was able to lose that weight and be a normal kitty again. Innes hopes that the story will be a warning to not – or stop – overfeeding your feline.
“Sadly, cats diagnosed as being clinically obese can have a shorter life expectancy,” Innes says. “It’s extremely important owners keep their cats at a healthy weight. Anyone concerned that their pet may be overweight should consult their vet.”
(Photo Source: Scottish SPCA)