By just-a-fat-cat - 03/05/2016 03:25 - United States - West Bend
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um, it can definitely be child abuse depending on the kids age and level of obesity. a really young child, similar to a pet, has no control over its own exercise and diet. And not having that taken care of properly and it leading to health complications is most certainly a form of abuse.
Actually, up until the age of two, children instinctively regulate their food intake to maintain a decent weight which is why you don't see obese babies unless it's hereditary. They do such a good job at regulating, many of them even fatten themselves up a little bit right before they hit a growth spurt or begin walking or crawling.
I wouldn't say an obese cat is fine, part of your responsibility as a pet owner is to ensure your cat is healthy and on a proper diet...
I know this is going to get me hate, but I can't help having an overweight cat. I found him starving on the streets, and when he had access to food he hate so much that he ballooned up to thrice his previous weight. Whenever I tried to limit his food he panics and whines constantly. He also chased and ate any insects he could find, he actually gained some weight. I decided I would rather him be fat and happy.
So... you actually COULD help having an overweight cat, you're just too much of a bleeding heart to do so. Your cat wasn't actually starving when you limited its food, it was just complaining - which would stop after a while as soon as the cat got used to the new portion size. If you can't prioritize your pet's health over your guilty feeling for enforcing rules that are actually good for that pet, you should rethink having one.
Did you miss the part where he gained weight on the diet? He would eat anything and everything that was edible. Perhaps I should have been more stubborn, but he is healthy other than being plus sized (according to my vet). As long as he is fit enough to climb his cat tree then I won't worry too much.
I have a fat cat too, sometimes you worry about them wheezing, but just shake the food bowl a bit, if they can run for that I can assure you he's fine. (Unless you see or notice something obvious)
Get a slow feeder bowl that will really challenge him, switch from hard food to natural foods like raw meats
Oh I've tried those little toys where you challenge the cat to get to the food like inside a ball. My friend says it works wonders but Colby, my overweight cat, isn't interested in it. He refused to use it and after a whole day I finally gave in and put the food bowl back.
I wish that's how my vet visit went with my dog recently. She has a hard time breathing with wheezing except she has blood in the lungs and probably an aggressive form of cancer. :(