His bulgy abdomen has been quite worrying, especially when I only feed him twice a day and he doesn't eat more than anyone else.
Off we go to the vet's, Timmy.
Poor boy....he didn't know why.
The vet was quite sure there was nothing wrong with Timmy, judging from his demeanour.
"It's very common to find obese pets nowadays", says the vet.
Some are even worse, ie. their bellies touch the floor. Okay, so Timmy isn't AS bad as some others. Small consolation.
I said I don't indulge him with food except for the occasional stealing of food from the rest, and generally, Timmy eats only twice a day (no more, from me, that is) and is given the same amount as everyone else. The vet said you cannot compare two cats like that, their metabolic rate may be different. Also, as a former stray, Timmy's body could have learnt to store food as fat more effectively (yups, like camels do).
The vet didn't think there was anything wrong with Timmy right now since Timmy looked a picture of health, is alert and agile. However, Timmy is definitely obese and needs to lose weight. Obesity is NOT GOOD at all, and has to be taken seriously. This is because it can lead to diabetes, kidney problems and this increases the mortality rate of the animal.
For example, among a fat cat, a thin cat and a normal cat, if all three were to be trapped (without food), the first to die would be the fat cat. And why so? Because the body will metabolise the fat and this fat will choke the liver.
So, there's no question about it. If you love your pet, make sure your pet isn't obese.
And yes, the same would apply to Bunny, Cow and Tiger too.
By the way, Timmy is 6.5kg. (Bunny is 6.85kg.) The ideal weight for both is 5kg.
So, what is the plan for Timmy?
Do NOT go on a drastic diet. It might kill your pet. Ok, got it.
Gradual reduction of food. Here's how it works: Measure the food intake and reduce it by 20% only. Do this for 1 to 1 1/2 months, then take his weight again. If the weight has reduced, continue with this amount of food until such a time when the ideal weight has been achieved. If the weight has not reduced at all after 1 1/2 months, reduce another 20%.
That's the plan.
I asked the vet if Timmy's tail had been severed and he says it looks like it.
Poor Timmy...I wonder who did that to him last time (cut off his tail).
The vet estimates Timmy to be about 3-4 years old. His teeth looks really good except for some mild gum problem, which does not warrant any treatment right now, but I could give him some food for this purpose.
I asked if Timmy should be dewormed. The vet says if Timmy had worms, he wouldn't look this good. If he were scrawny, then yes, he ought to be dewormed. But for Timmy, he only needs to be dewormed once in 6 months. In fact, the vet joked that having some worms may be good for Timmy...to share his food!
So, Timmy was given a clean bill of health except of being obese (which is no laughing matter, I understand).
His diet will start tomorrow.
We drove home; with me feeling relieved that there wasn't anything wrong with Timmy, and I'm determined to control his diet.
As we approached the house...oh no, Mr Zurik was terrorising Daffodil and Rosie inside the porch.
I let Timmy go.
Fed Willy at the playground.
Yes, we are happy, aren't we, Timmy?
But tomorrow, you eat only one little bowl of food per meal, okay?
More news to follow....(read on!)