- Posted January 31, 2012 by
Kansas City, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- ssesha, CNN iReport producer
Ironically his name is Baby even though he is 20.2 pounds. He dwarfs my other cat named Fatso, who is half the size. Yes, the names are even more ironic. But, Baby was just a small baby when I found him. Now this fat lazy cat that I love like a family member has really put on the pounds, to the point he cannot hardly jump onto the bed or couch. The benefit is that there is no longer any hair on the furniture, but I look at him with sadness, knowing his life will probably be cut short. I always thought I was doing the right thing because I only fed him cat food and water. I never gave my pets table scraps. As a matter of fact, they will attempt to bury any food that is not “cat food.” After Baby started urinating on the carpet, I yanked the carpet and took him to the vet to find out that he has high blood sugar, over 300. The doctor suggested I feed him a high protein diet. I now feed him an expensive prescription cat food that you can only get at the vet. I also feed him tuna out of a can. I really cannot tell if he has lost any weight because it has only been a month. I take him to the vet for a check up to see if his blood sugar has gone down tomorrow, January 31, 2012, and I am nervous. During this past month I have learned why so many pets are obese. It is because there are a slew of cheap foods on the market with carbohydrate fillers. Additionally, it is next to impossible to find a high protein food at the store. You have to inconveniently travel to the vet to buy it or order it online. Not to mention, it is three times more expensive. This is the exact same Molotov cocktail that is making humans obese: lack of exercise and an abundance of cheap fatty food. It has been difficult over this last month to feed Baby twice a day and force him to exercise. But, because I love him like a son I am going to do whatever it takes to keep him healthy. Wish me luck on tomorrow’s visit to the vet!