SAMI'S COLOURFULWORLD

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Cats Weigh in - and the winner is...

You might remember when back in October I took Shelley to the vet, and he suggested I put her on a diet. As my other two cats were also on the heavy side, I decided to put all three on a diet, as it would be easier having them all eat the same food.

This was also part of a competition at the Lynwood veterinary clinic, to bring awareness of pet obesity. 
They started their diet on the 5th of October and I used to weigh them every 3 weeks at home, and would send an email to the vet clinic to update them on their progress. 

Eventually the competition came to an end and the vet nurse called me to ask if I would bring all 3 cats in for the official weigh-in. So on Wednesday 18th January I managed to take all three cats to the vet,  one by one, as they get very scared and stressed and just howl all the way there. I also only have 1 carry case, so it was easier to take one in, get the cat weighed, bring cat home, get the other one, etc, etc. Luckily the vet is just a 5 minute drive away!

So after 15 weeks of diet I can happily report that:
Shelley weighed 7,880kg at the start now weighs 6,700kg a loss of 1,180kg.
Fluffy (the ginger male) who was the heaviest at 8.05kg, now weighs 6,7kg, a loss of 1,550kg
and Twiggy weighed in at 7,00kg and now weighs 6.20kg, so a loss of 800gr only.
They still have another kilo to go, so the veterinary nurse reckons it could go until around May this year.

I have noticed one big change in Shelley too, who at her heaviest was unable to jump onto our bed, which is higher than normal, and now she can easily jump. 
She's also a lot more confident and is able to stand up to Fluffy when he bullies her, which is amazing. What a bit of weight loss can do to your confidence!!

Before:  From left to right - Shelley, Fluffy & Twiggy











After:From left to right -  a thinner Shelley, Fluffy & Twiggy

There was also a prize for the winning pet - a cat and a dog - that lost the most weight and guess what?  Fluffy was the overall cat winner!!

When I was told Fluffy was a highly contender for the prize I forgot to ask what it was, so I had to wait until the weigh in, when I was told that Fluffy was actually the winner in the cat section.

And what was the prize?  I was hoping my beautiful Fluffy would win me something like a round the world trip....half a million dollars....but no, he won a 3,5kg bag of Royal Canin weight management dry food. 
Oh well, I have to be happy, it's worth just over $50 and it saves me about 4 to 5 weeks on their food costs. 😉

And here is Fluffy with his prize!  😻                                                                

Fluffy with his weight loss prize



And on a sad note, today marks 2 years since we had to put our cat "Baby" to sleep due to her advanced liver cancer. She was the mother to one or two of our cats and a very loving cat.


Our "Baby cat"



14 comments:

  1. Congrats to Fluffy, aww he looks adorable, such a beautiful face.
    He seems to know what he´d won, though ;-)

    I´m sorry for Baby. Our dog Inka died of cancer, too.

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    1. Thanks Iris. I'm sure he was pleased with the prize, he gets to eat it every day.

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    2. But is diet-food yummy? He doesn´t look that happy (to me).

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    3. They have no problem eating it, they always want more, but they have to eat a restricted weight of food a day.

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  2. You did a good job to had them loose weight. You must be very alert they don't steel food from the other cats. But you made it. Congratulations, that Fluffy is a real winner!

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    1. Tharp Marianne, not easy...cats always beg for more food, and I don't even know if they go to the neighbors house to eat more, as they also have cats.

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  3. First, congrats on YOUR win, as well as Fluffy's. That was a cute pose with his win. It was not as great as a trip around the world, but it was still a worthy win and good for all three cats, too.

    I've never had a problem with Bleubeard, but Squiggles is a monster who would eat anything in his (or even Bleubeard's) bowl. I have to watch him constantly.

    Again, congrats to your vigilance and Fluffy's (and Shelley and Twiggy's) health.

    A great day for celebration, but a sad day for remembering Baby. The loss never completely goes away.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I don't ever want to let them get fat again, I can see how much more active and healthier they are now.
      I always remember the pets we've lost...

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  4. Congratulations Fluffy! Quite a champion! Being on a diet is never easy, not even for cats, but it's good that you can see differences on their jumping and so. Well done all of you ;)

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    1. Thanks Sara, yes a diet is not easy for anyone, not even cats!

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  5. I LOVED this! And am so proud of Fluffy! We have so much in common - even though we live a world apart! My cats, 3 of the 6, are also overweight. Our vet is 5 minutes away, and I take them there one at a time due to the stress. Last summer our vet sponsored a FB contest for the cutest pet picture. I rallied all my friends to vote and we won a flea treatment - also a $50 value.

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    1. That's interesting J. I used to have 5 cats until the 2 mothers died in 2014 & 2015. Congratulations on the best picture contest.

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  6. Oh well done to all three pussycats and to you also Sami for being such a strict 'diet master'! Do you think you could do the same for me 😀😀 Lovely tribute for Baby, you never stop missing them!

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    1. Not easy being a diet master to cats. They are master manipulators, always begging for more food! Lol

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