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    Posted February 1, 2012 by
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    Fat pets

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MrsSmith927 says every year after Mister's annual checkup, she and her husband cut back on the cat's food, 'but within a month we're back to feeding him more.' They do use a laser pointer to get him moving, 'and it does work, but it only lasts a minute.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Our cat, Mister, weighed 12 lbs. in a shelter, where he had to fight for food with the other 12 cats he lived with. When we adopted him, he continued to gain weight at home where he didn't have to fight over his food. It also didn't help that Mister has a love of Doritos, milk and lunchmeat.
    Mister now weighs 17 lbs. and the doctors have asked us to put him on a diet numerous times. We do, but he then meows for hours, sometimes days.
    Although it's not the healthiest response, we've given in to his needs and feed him his desired amount of cat food. (We do limit his Dorito intake). We'd prefer to have a happy, fat cat than a miserable, skinny one.
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