Who doesn’t love a chonky cat? They’re adorable … but, just as in humans, obesity is a risk factor for a vast range of health issues, including shortened lifespans.
Giving our pets treats and satisfying their love of food is a natural way for us to show love. But if we truly love our pets, keeping them healthy is the best thing we can do.
We were reminded of that in recent days with two separate cases of surrendered cats. Their stories are similar.
Squeeks, a big torbie girl weighing in at 23 pound, and Mojo, an even bigger black boy at 29.55 pounds, were surrendered when their elderly humans experienced life changes that meant they could no longer care for them.
Squeeks, who is 14, and Mojo, who is 13, each have a long road back to optimal weight. Fortunately, Squeeks is already in a wonderful foster home with a new mom who promises to guide her in her weight loss and health regimen.
Mojo, who was shaved due to extreme matting, is at the RAPS Adoption & Education Centre and is likewise awaiting a special adoptive or foster home where he will begin a healthier new lifestyle.
Pet obesity is very widespread. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs (in the United States) are overweight or obese. The organization has resources and tools on helping your pet regain their optimal weight.
Learn more about keeping your pets healthy at https://petobesityprevention.org/
And follow along as we share updates on the progress of Squeeks and Mojo.