Morbidly obese cats have been making the news lately, and I can’t decide whether this is a good thing because it brings much-needed attention to the fact that more than half of this country’s cats are overweight, or whether it perpetuates the “fat cats are funny” stereotype.
Garfield, the most recent heavy kitty in the limelight, was surrendered to North Shore Animal League after his owner died. Garfield, who weighs in at almost 40 pounds, appears relatively healthy, but needs to lose about 20 pounds. “People often think that an obese animal is not in physical danger, but nothing could be further from the truth,” said the shelter’s vice president, Dr. Mark Verdino. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
I am happy to see that hospice care for cats is becoming more and more accepted. Cat Chat with Caren and Cody reported on a veterinary hospital in Michigan which started the state’s first hospice program for cats. The program at The Cat Practice in Birmingham, MI offers end-of-life care modeled after human hospice that alleviates physical discomfort and provides a caring end-of-life experience for the cat and her family. Like human hospice, The Cat Practice hospice is for families whose pets face an incurable condition, but can still enjoy quality of life. Read the full story about this wonderful program on Cat Chat.
There’s something about old kitties that touches my heart. Maybe it’s the wisdom in those old eyes, or the admiration for how gracefully cats age. Love Meow featured a 26-year-old cat named Trouble this week. According to Love Meow, the shelter named him Trouble because they had a hard time finding a home for him. Trouble loves to drink from the faucet and the bathtub, and his human speculates that maybe the fresh water helped keep him healthy for all these years. Read the full story on Love Meow.
Who needs a dishwasher when you have the kitty in today’s video to help with kitchen chores!
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Garfield from Mailonline.com, photo of Rocky and Purrdy from CatChat, photo of Trouble from Love Meow
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