Thursday, 18 February 2016

Fat Cats on a Diet: Will They Still Love You?

New York Times 16 February 2016: Maya has had a tough time slimming down. After 16 months of dieting, she’s dropped 10 pounds and 6 ounces.

True, that’s more than 40 percent of her body weight.

 At her heaviest, the domestic shorthair cat tipped the scale at 24.9 pounds. She looked like a furry Pilates ball.

The decision to lose weight was not Maya’s; it was her owners’, Larissa and Doug Peluso, of Eatontown, N.J. Maya’s mobility was decreasing: She could no longer jump on their bed, and they knew she might be suffering from joint pain and facing diabetes. Their vet said they had to help her regain her feline figure.

Still, they hesitated. If they reduced portions... read on.

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