The Obesity Epidemic… Of Our Pets

So I took our two beastie boys to the vet last week. Yes, I wrote about it last post, but it was mostly to reflect on the vet tech who thought Leonardo Da Vinci was incarnated as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

This is also probably because I’m in a bit of denial about our major cat issue. We have a cat who officially, no exaggeration, weighs in at 22 pounds. Now, Raffy’s a very large cat- I’ve posted photos below. And, the vet says he really only needs to lose 4 pounds. Of course, 4 pounds on a cat is kind of a lot of Tender Vittles.

Leo’s a big cat too, weighing in at a much slimmer 16 pounds. He needs to lose 2 pounds. Cake, right?

Otherwise, they’re fine. Great teeth, fur, digestion, temperament…

The vet laid out a diet plan. 1/4 cup of dry food twice daily, 1/2 small can of wet food once daily. We’re supposed to put the food down, let them eat, then take up the bowls. To date, we’ve filled their bowls with, say, a cup or so of dry food and left the bowls down all day and all night. So they don’t bug us in the middle of the night to eat.

So, we’re putting down considerably less food at a time, but definitely leaving the bowls down overnight. It’s hard enough to get good sleep with the two kids. I also have them on an exercise plan. We play laser light every night, after the kids go down. Why cats are so fanatically attracted to the laser light is a mystery, but they really are.

If they went out, they’d get alot more exercise.. But they’d also likely have been flattened by the heavy traffic on our street. So, indoor cats they are, lazy, happy, and well-fed.


Our toddler and our cats gaze out the birds on the birdfeeder.
Our toddler and our cats gaze out the birds on the birdfeeder.
Both cats curled up on Babyboy’s bed (along with many stuffed animals) as they often do.



2 thoughts on “The Obesity Epidemic… Of Our Pets”

  • Get some new toys for them! Feather toys that they will chase and attack, a laser pointer (great for cats, bad for dogs), one of those battery operated toys that spins and switches directions when it’s “caught”. All of these can be used while you sit on your bum, either with a glass of wine or reading to a kiddo. Some of the feather toys are meant to be tied to the top of a door or to a door knob so the cat has to jump up and catch it, it bounces around, cat goes for it again. The combo of less overall food an increased exercise without a whole lot of change to your living situation should work wonders on getting some weight off your cats.

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