April 10th 2012 10:44 pm
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Some of my mum's friends live nearby and come and see me but some live a long way away so mum has to chat to them on her gadget. I used to think she was talking to herself but I have been invited to purr into it and I definitely heard voices.
So last night mum was talking to one of those faraway friends and her friend was telling her about her cat Charlie. (Even the faraway friends have to love cats!) Charlie has been to the vets as he has licked all the fur away from his back half. The front half is fine.
They worked out that it wasn't an unusually specific flea allergy or gradually progressing skin condition. No, the sad truth emerged that Charlie has gotten so plump he cannot bend enough to reach his top parts for washing so he uses all his wash time on his hind quarters and that's too much time.
So he is on a diet although mum's friend isn't sure that this will work as he is a cat who likes to visit other people for top up meals. Mum gave her all the top tips she knows - a special collar that says "Please don't feed me" and Senior Cat food which is filling with less calories and more play time for exercise as she had to try and get Henry to lose weight when he was here. (Apparently the extra exercise really stoked his appetite!)
Josie and I are both slim young things but mum says lots of cats get more rounded as they get older, same as people, so if we don't want to end up de-furred on our ends we need to make sure we don't eat too much. I don't think I woulod mind so much about the fur thing but a diet doesn't sound like much fun!
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I've been on a diet before - they are not fun!
Senior food has less calories well that where mum going wrong. She need to feed me normal cat food so the meat stay on my bones. Thanks for the tip.
I hope Charlie gets over his weight issues. I have some troubles with washing but it because I'm old and I'm not as limber as I used to be.
Toby look after yourself while you're young. Because getting old is not for wimps.
I have a little spare tire around my waist. But I need it. You never know when the next snow storm comes and what if Mom can't get out of the house to get us food?
Washing is really an art form. We cats spend LOTS of time on it and the humans don't appreciate how difficult it is to wash all these parts just right and not to over-wash anything.
Good luck to Charlie.