Healthy eating diet for podgy puss nearly twice her ideal weight

25 May 2015
Healthy eating diet for podgy puss nearly twice her ideal weight 22 May 2015

A podgy puss who tips the scales at nearly twice her ideal weight has a double challenge ahead – shed the pounds and find a new home.

Eight-year-old Muffin was taken in by Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, because her previous owner had moved and could no longer keep her.

Weighing in at a hefty 9.9kg, the tortoiseshell moggy is nearly twice her ideal weight of 5kg and has been placed on a special diet to help her slim down.

Although she is severely obese, Muffin has no other health problems and staff at the centre say they’ve been charmed by her sweet-natured personality.

Cats Protection’s Field Veterinary Officer Vanessa Howie said Muffin was immediately placed on a special diet to help her reach her ideal weight – a process that could take up to a year.

She said: “We’ve prescribed her a diet designed specifically for weight loss – it’s lower in calories, higher in protein yet still nutritionally balanced.

“With cats it is very important to avoid crash diets as any period with no food can be harmful. A gradual, steady decrease in bodyweight is ideal.

“Muffin has been set an initial target weight of 8.5kg and we’ll monitor this closely, adjusting the amount of food given if necessary to ensure she has slow and steady weight loss. It may take up to a year for Muffin to reach her ideal bodyweight.

“Like humans we should avoid allowing our cats to become obese. Obesity can cause many health problems to develop including diabetes, urinary infections and heart disease.

“Overweight cats may struggle to groom themselves properly and they may suffer joint problems as a result of the extra weight they are carrying around.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Deputy Manager Tania Marsh said it was important Muffin’s new owner strictly follows her special diet plan.

She said: “Muffin is such a sweet cat and will make a lovely pet. She is very friendly and would like a peaceful home with a garden so she can get plenty of exercise.

“Her new owner will need to be committed to measuring out her food and ensuring she follows her plan. Cats can sometimes overeat out of boredom or habit, and often a cat’s demands for extra portions can be distracted by a bit of fuss and attention.

“So long as Muffin follows her plan she will not go hungry and her quality of life will be much improved once she has slimmed down.”

If you live in the Sussex area and would like to offer a home to Muffin or any of the 200 cats and kittens currently in the care of the centre, please email cattery.reception@cats.org.uk

Alternatively, the centre is open to visitors seven days a week from 10am until 4pm. It is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. To find using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE, or for a map and directions please visit www.cats.org.uk/find-us/find-the-ncc 

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Notes to Editors:

1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.

2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

3. Please note that Cats Protection's National Cat Centre is based in Chelwood Gate, West Sussex, and is separate to the charity's volunteer-run branch which is situated in nearby Haywards Heath.

4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland).Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.

5. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk