i noticed that i hadn’t posted about my cat in a while, and in order to maintain my crazy cat lady status, i’ll share some happy news about my little goober!
our little goopum, rohebo, i am ashamed to say, ballooned to just over 10kg after his first 1.5 years with me. he was kitten sized until about year 1, and then once i started feeding him adult cat food, his weight got out of control! i tried to portion based on the can instructions and his general size, but he always seemed hungry, always begging, i didn’t know what to do! exercising him in my tiny studio apartment was extremely tough, i tried looking for lower calorie food at the pet stores, etc. my victoria vet told me, “cat’s gain and loose weight like women.” and i asked, “how so?”. the reply: “they gain weight fast and lose it slow.” awesome. thanks. i tried feeding him smaller portions before i left for work and when i came home at night, but i didn’t seem to be seeing any results.
thankfully, the vet hospital in sechelt was a fantastic help for us! over christmas of 2009, rohe swallowed some ribbon and yacked it back up, but we were unsure as to whether there was more down there, and as we learned, ribbon can cause serious damage to a cat/animal’s digestive system, so we took him in to the sechelt animal hospital. here are his fat-padded x-rays :( thankfully, there was no more ribbon (yay – no surgery), but even more photographic evidence of his obesity.
just as is the case with humans, obese cats are at risk for diabetes, so the vet helped us come up with a plan and put rohe on a reducing “prescription”, available only at the vet, diet food – medical reducing for felines – being fed one portion in the morning and one at night. we brought rohe back to victoria and tried him on the diet. his whining and begging and complaining was excruciating, (and the food is expensive) but if it was going to work and make sure he would be healthy, then we were absolutely willing to go through the early mornings and constant complaining (and the price tag, of course)!
after 4 months on the diet, we took him back in to the vet for weighing in april 2010… well… rohe had gained nearly 1.3 kg… on his diet :(
SO the wonderful group at the sechelt animal hospital helped us portion and plan out his meals even further, so that he would receive the portions 4x a day and he would get his kibble only if he worked for it, batting around this treat ball. ryan and i worked VERY hard (ryan especially) at exercising him in my tiny studio apartment… (photo below of him squashing a bubble we made him chase)
rohe has lots nearly 4kg! 3.19kg in just over a year of dieting and exercise! he has lost nearly a full small cat! we are SO happy and have just another 0.87kg to go for his goal weight! admittedly, it might not be easy to see that big of a distinction b/w my photos of large fat cat (above photo 2) and now svelte cat (photo below), but the proof is in the weighing! go rohe!