A chubby cat called Cinderblock on an inspiring mission to lose weight has become an internet darling,
but cats everywhere will most likely be joining her in the battle against the bulk.
“Yes, cats are gaining weight,” said Kären Marsden, owner of Edmonton Holistic Veterinary Clinic.
“They are, unfortunately, very, very well-fed”.
“We body score cats, from a 1 to 10. And most of the cats I see are around
eight we call it shrinking-head syndrome.”
Cinderblock, a beefy creature originally weighing in at 25 pounds, is on quite a public weight-loss journey.
The Washington DC cat was left to a veterinary hospital, due to bad mobility.
According to the vet, her ghastly obesity had an effect on her quality of life.
The hospital has been documenting Cinderblock’s weight loss mission through prescription
diet and exercise in a load of social media posts.
A video of her irritated meowing while using a treadmill with one lethargic paw has been seen by millions.
But this trend isn’t just internet silliness. Indoor cats really are putting on a lot of weight.
Clearly it’s not good for them. It’s probably been fed too much.
You know, felines will keep eating and after they get kind of addicted to kibble.
“Losing weight is a slow process in felines. It’s hard, owners and people usually feel guilty.”
Research involving over 19 million cats from across Canada and the United States shows that most animals
continue to gain weight after they reach adulthood.
Fat Felines: Cats heavier now rather than in the 1990s, study finds
Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph examined 54 million weight measurements
taken at vets between 1981 and mid-2016 to get an idea of the general weight gain and loss pattern over the course of a cat’s life.
The study was presented in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association early in the year.
Marsden said the ongoing trend is worrying. Obesity can cause a whole load of health problems, for example, diabetes and fatty liver syndrome.
Feeding your furry friend the wrong type of food is often the reason, Marsden said. Many brands include a lot of hidden carbs, like grain or corn.
Just like the human species, cutting out carbohydrates can help slim you down.
“If they’re obese, they don’t need any peas or potatoes,” Marsden said.
“We have carnivores here being fed like omnivores. They are arranged to have a protein-rich meal a couple of times in a day.
Marsden said cats now days are also not exercising like they used to be. As more cats spend time in a house,
they also tend to become more lazy and inactive and gain weight.
And then there’s the issue of weak-hearted owners fretting too often over the hunger pleas of their cats.
Even Marsden’s husband, also a veterinarian, has also fell victim to these sneaky cat tricks
“Our cats, as soon as they see him, they’re all, ‘meow, meow, meow,’ because they know he can’t take the heat and pressure.”
“They are very dramatic. They have him wrapped around their finger.”
Marsden advises owners to spend more time playing with their pets in order to distract them from their false hunger pains.
The holidays are around and it’s likely a good time to glance at your chubby kitty and get them some toys.