At 16-17lb, Ace has reached official Fat Cat status. After taking antibiotics and being stuck inside for a week in order to treat a sinus infection, the weight seemed to just appear. The vet does believe him to be a “bigged-boned cat,” but that seems to mean he should be 11lb. Currently, he is almost as wide as he is tall and we feel quite guilty having gotten all this weight on him accidentally.
Longer days trekking outside and dieting have been prescribed in an effort to burn the extra weight off our fat cat. On this diet plan, we have noticed Otto seems to be thinning out so that he no longer waddles and Ace still struggles to clear a sofa hardly off the ground. We reduced his food intake and increased his outside time, once again.
He yelled at us all night for more food and sat on the back deck all day. He peered into the window most of the day as if to ensure I noticed that he would not explore, chase, or engage in outdoor activities.
The weight increased.
We studied Ace’s behaviours. He was waiting until we went to bed before bullying Otto out of his meals at night. The day might have meant less food, but at night there was a feast!
The time outside increased and late night meals were reduced dramatically.
The weight has become stagnant.
We hope this will lead him to the path of weight loss. (When you consider his bones are holding over 1.30% of what they were meant to, not to mention all the other health-related issues caused by obesity, you really must cheer for us that fat cat does begin to lose a bit of that plumpness.)
This Battle of the Fat has continued to educate us: You cannot unwillingly put a cat on a diet and be successful.