Can you help tubby cat Millie drop some weight?
She and her owner could really use some tips, after the pair were ‘told off’ by the vets for Millie’s hefty size.
The ten-year-old cat weighs well over a stone – over the healthy average of around 9lbs.
Millie started putting on weight after being bit by a dog in 2016, which made her scared to leave the house.
That means she hasn’t been getting much exercise over the last few years, and the pounds have started to pile on as a result.
Her owner, a 28-year-old mum-of-one who doesn’t want to be named publicly, is worried that the extra weight could be causing Millie harm.
She posted a desperate plea on Facebook, asking people to send their suggestions for how to help the fat cat lose weight.
She wrote: ‘Went to vets today. Got a telling off as my cat is obese – full of love.
‘She got bit by a dog in 2016 and has put on weight due to that as she is now scared to go out. [She] was average size.
‘Any ideas what I can get for my cat for exercise? Apart from a laser pen please?
‘She weighs around one stone. She’s now possibly getting injections every three months so they’ll be keeping track on her weight too.’
Millie eats tinned food and shares one can a day with Louby, the other cat in the household, as well as having cat biscuits.
Her owner wasn’t too bothered about Millie’s heft until the vet pointed out the possible consequences of her large size.
She added: ‘She obviously said Millie is overweight which can lead to heart problems, putting strain on her heart and diabetes.
‘Due to her being a big cat, her liver will also be fatty.
‘She said about using a laser pen to keep her active, put her food upstairs, let her eat, then bring it downstairs, back up etc so she can fit in that bit of exercise in-between eating going up and down the stairs.
‘She was concerned about it and told me I need to help her before it gets too late and she gets more problems.
‘So I’ve have had a bit of advice from the group which I’ve written down and am trying as of tomorrow.
‘Getting a cat to exercise isn’t as easy as putting a leash on a dog though, is it?’
Suggestions from members of the Facebook group included getting a cat wheel, trying a harness and going for walks, reducing the amount of food given, and hiding meals so Millie has to hunt them down before getting to eat.
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