Jasmine, my torti- point Colorpoint (they are supposed to be slim cats
) She was 29.7lbs lbs when I adopted her. (pushing 30
-to edit i just pulled her chart and yup- she was almost 30 lbs!
))Her previous owners had allowed her to become inasnely overweight. The vet classified her as morbidly obease. I've seen much worse at the shelter where i work- it is soo cruel to allow an animal to become moribly obease.
Since i've had her- we've had her on good quality food, strict feeding schedules and i've made she she gets plenty of exercise. She is now down around 14lbs i believe. I am actually taking her back to work with me this afternoon to bathe her and microchip her so while she' there i'll weigh her. It's taken a long time to safely help her shed the weight- but she's never looked sooo good!
I've worked hard to try and get her in good shape to avoid health issues/etc.
Also in a side note- because she was soo obease when I adopted her- she can not groom her bottom well (even though she's lots a LOT). When pets are allowed to get overweight -it can cause UTI issues in addition to a plethera of other problems. When they can't clean their bottoms- the fecal matter can get trapped on the fur and enter the urethera area- causing UTI issues. Jasmine recently had a 2 month bout with them a while back and it was soo sad. (keep in mind i clean her every day). She's going good now- but we are strict about keeping her clean. Today she needs a bath though -so that's what we're going to do!
In my opinon- allowing an animal to become obease is just as cruel as starving one - i've seen both sides of the coin at the shelter where i work- both are just as cruel