I'm not sure where to post this. My husband was just watching RTL (Radio TV Luxembourg) news, and they had a bit about 1/3 of all pets in Germany being overweight. He called me to watch it, and I couldn't believe my eyes. There were dogs and cats twice as wide as they were high. One cat weighed over 40 lbs. (19 kg.), and his back had to be shaved because he couldn't groom himself, and his coat was totally matted. There was a beagle whose belly cleared the floor by about 2 inches. JC weighs a little over 6 kg (13.6 lbs.), which is close to the maximum normal or healthy weight for him, according to our vets, using the feline BMI. Isn't it cruelty to animals to feed your pet so much that his/her weight is double normal? Our neighbor's cat at one point weighed 36 lbs. (which was established after she tried to climb our wooden fence, and it broke), but she is very large, and has lost about a third of that weight over a period of three years. While I'm sure the broadcasting station looked for the most extreme examples it could find, the whole thing still shook me up. JC has "spay sway", but you can still easily feel his ribs. I think my husband had better stop calling him "jelly belly" - compared to the cats just shown, he almost looks anorexic.
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4/3/04 at 11:53am