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Hangry Hippocrite!: Is Your Pet Chubby?

August 8, 2011

The ASPCA blog recently did a feature article, “Is Your Pet Chubby?” and first of all, I would like to point out that I did a feature on Globesity affecting the Animal Kingdom wayyy before they did (ok, one month prior…but I’m new to this!) and featured a much more inspiring fat cat than they did. Need a reminder?

The Reigning Champion Fat Cat

The Reigning Champion Fat Cat

Secondly, I think it’s a little hypocritical to be calling pets “chubby”…how do you think they got that way? Does this cat really look like it just sits around eating Cheetos all day while watching TV and scratching its balls? Oh. Well, actually it does. But that’s besides the point! These pet owners are the real culprits!

Here are some of the ASPCAs guidelines on how to deal with a pet weight problem:

Cut the Calories. Bottom line: Overweight animals eat more calories than they should. Work with your veterinarian to determine your pet’s caloric requirements and stick to a proper feeding schedule.

Go easy with the treats—they contain a lot of unnecessary calories. If your pet begs between meals, give him a little extra lovin’, not food.

Break it up. Instead of one big meal, try feeding your pet several small meals throughout the day. (This will help alleviate some of your guilt, too.)

Get moving. Nothing burns calories quite like a good game of fetch—except maybe chasing a catnip mouse. Regular exercise burns more calories, reduces appetite, changes body composition and will increase your pet’s resting metabolic rate. Can’t beat that!

Huh. Isn’t it funny how the exact same advice is being given to overweight humans? Treat thine animals as you treat yourself…and vice-versa.

(Image courtesy of Fat Animals, still one of my all time favorite sites.)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jenmarie permalink
    August 9, 2011 12:05 am

    I watched a show once–I think it was on Animal Planet–about people who compulsively over-feed their pets. One woman cooked her dog full meals, occasionally brought it burgers from McDonalds, and fed it countless other human snacks throughout the day. The poor dog could hardly move! Of course, the woman was severely overweight herself. It’s one thing to treat yourself badly, but when your bad habits start to affect innocent pets, or worse, innocent children, something has to change. Overweight pets are one more salient example of how twisted our conception of food has become–it’s not longer just about nourishment, it’s a serious addiction. Maybe as pet owners attempt to rehabilitate their pets, they will start to take some of the above advice and apply it to their lives. After all, you can’t really take care of another life until you can take care of yourself.


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