Obese rescue cat sheds a whopping 20 pounds to get healthy
It's been a long journey but totally worth it!
Skinny the cat (ironic name don't ya think?) was once a staggering 42 pounds until he lost over 20 pounds to get back into healthy shape.
He was found a stray and brought to a shelter in Richardson, Texas in 2012. A woman found him lying on the lawn in her back yard.
Dr. Brittney Barton of HEAL Veterinary Hospital met Skinny one day and knew she had to help. As his weight loss journey progressed, she became attached to her little feline patient and decided to adopt him.
Like in humans, extra pounds can cause a number of health problems for your cat.
This can include diabetes; stress on the heart; joint, tendon and ligament problems that can lead to lameness and arthritis; skin disorders due to the cat having difficulty grooming himself; and a much shortened lifespan. (via pet parents)
At 42 pounds, Skinny needed help right away.
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He was put on a special controlled diet and an exercise plan. Over time, the pounds began to melt away.
"I can fits and sits in a box! YES!"
Since being adopted by Dr. Brittney Barton of HEAL Veterinary Hospital, he gets to roam the halls and keep the staff company.
For anyone who's taking a nap in the clinic, Skinny is right there to offer some snuggles.
Dr. Barton says Skinny is living proof that while he’s supposed to be a big cat, "he's not supposed to be an obese cat."
Look at Skinny now! Such a handsome healthy boy!
If you have an obese cat, you should talk to your vet and figure out the best plan to get your fur friend back to a healthy frame.
Here are some helpful links to check out.
via love meow
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