Earlier this year I was at the CP24 Animal House Calls studios with Pet Obesity Specialist Dr. Alex German and Royal Canin Canada where the discussion was pet obesity, the adverse side effects and what the long term benefits of a pet losing weight are.
While waiting back stage I had the opportunity to meet Candyce the cat. Candyce had been at the Toronto Humane Society and was already somewhat overweight when she was adopted out. Unfortunately for Candyce, she not only was returned to the Humane Society, but she returned even heavier, now weighing in at 11.96kg.
The first thing that struck me was Candyce’s coat. Candyce had been partially shaved. When we think of the side effects of a pet being overweight what usually comes to mind are the health aspects; poorer quality of life, arthritis, diabetes, just to name a few, but what about the simpler things such as being able to groom ones self? This became an issue for Candyce due to her size and therefore she was unable to reach around to her sides and back so that she could bath herself.
I felt for Candyce, I understood what she was and is going through, she may be a cat and I may be a pug dog, but being an overweight pet is no fun. My pug weight started to increase around the young age of one, it was a difficult time for me as I was always hungry and begging for food, but it was just as difficult for my humom not knowing what to do and how to control my hunger issues and stop my weight gain. It was with the ongoing help and support of my vet teaching my humom how to control my hunger issues and how with the right formulated diet, would address my constant hunger and bring my weight down and under control.
My changes to becoming a slimmer, healthier, more active pug did not happen over night, it has been a journey, but each day, each week, each month and yes, each year that has gone by has been one more day, week, month and year that I am around to make my humans smile.
Although my weight was caught and controlled at a young age that does not mean because your pet is older it is too late for them.
Candyce may be 10 years old, but each day she is on this journey with the help and support of her veterinarian and caregiver, and of course with the proper formulation of food, is another day towards being a happier, healthier cat, a cat that can bath herself!
Candyce is an inspiration for other cats clawing their way to a healthier lifestyle, and I for one can’t wait to see her transition to becoming a healthier, happier, playful kitty. I hope you will join me in supporting and encouraging Candyce #CatCanDo, along her road to healthiness!
Disclaimer: I have been compensated as part of the #CatCanDo campaign for this post.