Photo of Fifi the "fat cat" courtesy of The Huffington Post
Uh... we think Ms. Fifi weighs quite a bit more that the 20 pounds claimed, but who are we to judge?
Anyway, you gotta love those Brits-or at least we do. According to this article posted just a few days ago on The Huffington Post, A British charity, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), has formed a new group, appropriately called "The Pet Fit Club" that's putting overweight (or perhaps more accurately, obese) pets on a diet. The Club will "use a Biggest Loser-like competition between 18 lard-bottomed animals, including 11 plump pooches, five corpulent cats and two rotund rabbits." (We think the author has a thing for alliteration here, don't you?)
These pets and their owners will receive advice from veterinarians along with much needed "specially tailored diets and exercise programs." Although obesity can cause the same problems in pets as it does in humans, including reduced life expectancy, "it's never too late to make positive changes to a pet's diet and lifestyle," said a senior veterinary surgeon for PDSA. Who doesn't agree with that?
How about you? Have you ever had to put your pet on a diet to trim down? Is one of your pets on a reduced eating/increased exercise plan as we speak? Let us know!
And to get yourselves motivated, watch this hilarious (but really a bit sad) video of the "biggest loser" finalists in training.