Saturday, March 14, 2015

Caturnalia: Confessions

I confess. I am the owner of a fat cat. Cali has had a lot of health problems. She tends to develop stones in her bladder. The stone are horrible. Each one looks like a small oyster bed with jagged sharp edges. Cali has had surgery for her stones 3 times now despite being on a diet designed specifically to prevent them. I almost lost her following her last surgery. There had been some neurological damage and it took her a long time to recover. She wasn't even able to pick up her head. She lost about 1/2 her body weight. Luckily she has recovered but she is on a new diet now. In fact everyone has to be on her diet because I cannot risk the chance of Cali developing more stones. Feel free to read in between the lines that I spend a lot of $$$ on high priced prescription cat food.  I am not sure she or I would survive another surgery. 3 out of 4 cats are doing fine. Cali, however, is fat.

Do you think this will work? I have my doubts.

"There seems to be a pattern of overweight cats… It makes sense though. Cats are very independent animals and if they don’t want to exercise, nobody is going to make them. That makes it extra important to make sure they get the right amount of exercise, as well as eat the right healthy foods. Holly weighed in at over 18 pounds, but needed to shed the extra weight. To do so, Holly began swimming for 30 minutes whenever she visited the nearby pet resort. There she slowly shed the weight and even became quite the swimmer!"