A podgy puss who piled on the pounds during lockdown is being helped to slim down by staff at Cats Protection’s Downham Market Adoption Centre.
Chunky Colin weighed in at 8.8 kg (19.4 lbs) when he arrived at the centre in Stowbridge last month – nearly twice the average weight of an adult cat.
The nine-year-old has been placed on a special portion-controlled diet and exercise programme, using toys and supervised play, to help him slim down to around 6.5kg as a starting point for further managed weight loss.
This will cut the risk of Colin developing health issues such as diabetes, joint problems and heart failure and will also mean he can undergo dental work requiring anaesthetic, which cannot be done safely at his size.
Once staff are happy with his weight loss, Colin will be looking for a new owner who can help him stick to his healthy living programme and keep the weight off.
Becky Piggott, senior cat care assistant, said: “We’re looking for someone can take on the role of personal trainer to help Colin maintain his weight and fitness goals.
“He’s adorable but he’s a lazy boy who isn’t a fan of exercise. We’re not talking boot camp, but Colin will need encouragement to do any exercise at all so we’re looking for an owner with time to commit.
“Colin’s previous owner said that he has always been a big cat, but I suspect that being at home more during lockdown meant that they were giving him extra treats.
“Colin loves his food a bit too much so he wasn’t going to say no. If Colin can lose some weight and keep it off, he’ll lead a happier, healthier life.”
Find out more at www.catsprotection.co.uk