Got a Fat Cat or Chubby Dog?
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A blog from a family cat
My name is Molly and I am a beloved family cat. The other day I was dozing in the living room when my human roommate walked in with a friend and the woman said: “Wow – Molly’s gotten fat!” It’s sadly true; my once 9 pound 8-ounce petite feline body is now 10 pounds 3 ounces.
However, this blog is not about my injured dignity (although I was outraged and now loathe the boorish guest). It is about you humans and your responsibility to your pets.
We pets need to watch our caloric intake just as you do. However, since we’re at the mercy of what you feed us, maintaining svelte feline figures is out of our control. A pet must eat and if the only choice is high calorie foods – what’s a cat (or dog) to do?
Sometimes I’ll see my human companion sitting at her computer chuckling over a photo of an overweight dog: “See the 40 pound dachshund!” Great for a human laugh, but it’s not really funny at all. Too much weight can kill us!
Got a Fat Cat or Chubby Dog? Consider this:
- Your pet will probably die too young
Every time I go to that wretched vet office, I see a picture on the wall of a fat cat sitting on a scales with the message: “Too much weight is a BIG problem for your cat.” If I can see the sign, every human visitor to that vet office should see that sign – and take it to heart. I may have nine lives, but I don’t want to lose one of them because of weight.
- Your pet trusts and relies on you making wise health decisions
We pets depend on you humans to take good care of us. In return, we love you without question, serve as your faithful companions and sit in your lap and purr. Your bad food choices on behalf of your cat or dog are cruel and inhumane.
- Overweight humans will be negatively judged on your pet’s weight
Think about it! Humans who are struggling with their own weight have enough self-esteem issues without feeling that people are sniggering at them over the fact that their dog waddles when it walks or the cat’s stomach drags a bit.
- Stop Sneaking the Treats!
Personally, begging at the dining room table for food scrapes is beneath me. Give me my own place setting in the kitchen and I’m fine. However, dogs have less dignity around begging. There’s no doubt that slipping food to Fido under the table is a bad and dangerous habit.
And “ugh – what are you thinking?” when it comes to feeding your pet half eaten ice cream cones, potato chips and cold pizza? Consider yourself given a symbolic dope slap (with claws in) if you’re the kind of pet owners who let’s your cat or dog lick the dinner plates clean!
What’s a pet owner to do?
- If your pet becomes obese, do not see that as “cute.”
- Show your pets you love them by being conscious of and concerned with what they eat – and how much they eat.
- Realize that denying your dog the left over French fries does not mean that your dog will love you any less.
- Consult with your vet about the right nutritional food for your pet. My roommate was told that a diet of all crunchy foods is too fattening for a cat – better to also serve wet food. But that’s one vet’s opinion – consult with your own experts.
As a cat that can’t read labels, I’m not able to recommend any specific pet foods although some of those ads on television do look pretty good.
I wonder if I can get my food served in a Waterford crystal dish?