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Homeless fat cat takes first steps towards healthier future

An obese cat has found a home where she can continue the weight loss journey kick started during her time at Blue Cross.

Poor Tubs arrived at our Victoria animal hospital in early January after her elderly owner sadly passed away and there was nobody to care for her.

Although she was otherwise healthy, the eight-year-old tipped the scales at just less than 7kg – some 50 per cent heavier than the average domestic shorthair cat.

So our team had to put her straight on a slimming programme to prevent any future health problems from developing.

Tubs came to Blue Cross in January after her elderly owner sadly passed away.

Amanda Marrington, Animal Welfare Officer, said: “When a cat is this overweight it can have problems grooming properly, as well as arthritis due to pressure on the joints and heart problems.

“Diabetes and respiratory problems can also develop, and cats of this size tend to be less active, sleep more and have difficulty moving around.

“So it was therefore vital that we started helping Tubs to shift some pounds before it started to affect her health. This needs to be gradual weight loss otherwise it can cause problems with the liver, but she’s been making brilliant progress so far.”

Tubs’s diet has been specially tailored to her needs by our clinical team.

At present, this means one wet tinned food meal a day and roughly a handful of dry biscuits – and this will be gradually reduced until her bodyweight falls under the ideal of 5kg.

Once her diet was up and running, Tubs went to stay with one of our Blue Cross foster carers to keep her as active as possible.

Tubs is on a diet specially designed for her by our clinical team, which involves one tinned meat meal a day and a handful of dry biscuits

In the first month, she lost 200 grams and so, with her weight loss going well, she headed to our Cambridge rehoming centre to find a permanent home.

Cuddly Tubs got snapped up straight away, and has now departed the centre for her new life, in which she will be known as Flora.

Amanda added: “Tubs is just lush, the best cat ever – so loving and a purr monster. It’s so great that we could help her after her owner passed away.”

Key facts for keeping your cat in shape

  • Whatever you decide to feed, all cats need a constant supply of fresh water, which should be changed daily.
  • Never feed milk or other dairy products to kittens – they cannot digest them properly and are likely to cause diarrhoea.
  • If your cat has had more treats than normal one day, reduce the amount of food given that day to compensate.

Find out more about keeping your cat in shape here.