My negligence has resulted in Timmy gaining weight over the last two weeks. With the semester having started and having to leave the house early, I failed to monitor breakfast at the patio and Timmy had been doing his merry-go-round Musical Bowls stint again, resulting in him eating up left-overs or simply snatching another cat's food by staring the cat down.
It doesn't look so bad from this angle....
But yes, he has definitely gained weight, I know.
So this calls for intervention and....Plan B.
This is Plan B.
Of course it's not starvation, folks. He gets to eat, but he has to eat inside the cage.
He still gets his Hara Hachi Bu portion (the minus 20% diet).
Sorry, Timmy ol' Boy....it's for your own good.
And not only that, Plan B also means he has to eat mostly Primal (which will definitely burn a hole in my pocket). Primal, or rather, raw food, is known to help obese pets lose weight, so I was told and I have read about it, too.
Today, I soaked the Primal in water before mixing it in wetfood and everyone was okay with it. I think it's better this way as they get more water and it should be more filling too.
You see...the boy is greedy. He hasn't even licked his bowl clean. That's what he does every day - even before he finishes his own food, he goes after another cat's food. And from one cat, he goes to the next cat. Daffodil and Rosie will give way to him (I don't know why). Maybe he tells a sob story, ie. "You don't know how hard it was previously when I was dumped, I had nothing to eat, I had to rummage the dustbins (tardises) for scraps..." Yes, that's what they call the "Stray Syndrome".
Let me out!! Let me out!!
You're not "hungry", Timmy. You're just greedy.
Oh my goodness, he is looking at the other bowls and licking his lips.
Tabs joins the Patio Cats at meal times, but she doesn't eat a second helping.
You see my point? Tabs is not greedy. Timmy is.
Now Vincent eats as much as Timmy, but look at him...
Vincent is solidly muscle.
It's the metabolic rate, isn't it?
Ginger is fine too. Well..."quite" fine.
But you see the problem the free roaming cats...if they don't get enough at the patio, they might go get food somewhere else. And I cannot control that. That's the problem...
Tabs is good.
This is our Model Exemplar par Excellence.
All muscle, not an ounce of fat.
When I feel terribly guilty over my heavyweight cats, I look at Pole and console myself that perhaps it isn't totally my fault!
Indy is also all muscle though this photo does not do justice to him.
The loose skin you see is just loose skin. It isn't fat.
Pole and Indy are extremely strong.
And Indy eats as much as Cow & Bunny. Metabolic rate, right? Or is it because Indy does his climbing stints?
I think Bunny is not fat. He's just "stout", but my vet disagreed. He said I was in denial.
But my inside brood is on the Hara Hachi Bu diet already.
He looks fat here, though!
Bunny's human is my son. And whenever my son comes back from his flights, Bunny knows he gets special privileges.
Cow is obese, that I'll admit.
But none of them are as portly as Timmy!
Don't you even DARE comment about me....
Actually Cleo, I was going to say that you're okay too...