One of the major major reasons I ended up writing My Fat Dog and My Fat Cat was this: I helped make my dog fat. I wasn't in denial about the fact that Faith was overweight, because, well, people often asked when she was going to have puppies, and one guy dubbed her "Mr. Chubby," wounding both her self-image AND questioning her femininity. However, I think I was in denial about how much I was causing it. Then, when she suffered an orthopedic injury, it became paramount that Faith slim down. That was our wake-up call. I really want to spare people what we went through.
This column, by a very smart vet, Dr. Suzy Hochgesang, is a great way to look at what you might be doing to cause your pet's excess poundage, and how to stop before it gets serious. And yes, there's definitely good advice about cats.
The answer is a), obligate carnivore. What this means is your cat needs to eat food that contains animal flesh. As much as you might like to make your cat a total vegetarian, she needs to animal protein. Cats in the wild hunted prey. Cats in your house need animal protein.
I had a really delightful chat with Barbara Dooley of WGAU-AM in Athens, Georgia last week about My Fat Dog and My Fat Cat. It's currently scheduled to run this Thursday, September 8th, around 8:45 AM. Hope you get a chance to listen!
It's time for a little levity. It's time to look at some cats in sinks. Is it for the fresh water? Is it aerobic? Is is cat yoga? Or is it just because cats are devious and clever and want you to take pictures of them while they lounge in sinks? E-mail me and let me know.
Help in the way you see fit, but help. The loss is overwhelming, the need gigantic. Noah's Wish is an animal rescue group that is on-site, now, in Louisiana. Check them out here. A percentage of book sales this month will go to their efforts.