Friday, January 16, 2009
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Obese Cat Seeks Family Committed to Healthy Living
MILWAUKEE – Although Peanut had a tough year, the road ahead is looking better and better for this sweetheart. Peanut, a 4-year-old Maine Coon mix, came to WHS not only with a terribly matted and dirty coat, but also weighing 30 pounds. After veterinary staff shaved his fur, Peanut now weighs 27 pounds.
Peanut is only four years old, yet has difficulty moving around due to his size. Animal obesity is a serious problem which impacts an animal's quality of life and shortens his or her lifespan. Other conditions, like arthritis, often develop as a result of such obesity.
This special cat is therefore looking for a family willing to commit to helping him with daily exercise and a food schedule determined by their veterinarian. Ever since his arrival at WHS, Peanut has shown us his incredibly affectionate and loving personality and we're happy to help this wonderful guy have a happier and healthier 2009.
The Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind guardians of the following tips to keep their animals trim, healthy and off the table!
- Do it cold turkey: Stop feeding table scraps to your little beggar. Now.
- Establish a feeding schedule and stick with it. It is also suggested that you discuss the schedule with your veterinarian to determine appropriate portions.
Talk with your veterinarian about a healthy diet for your animals. He or she can recommend nutritious foods that don’t contain a lot of fillers.
- There is a large normal weight range for cats and dogs due to varied body structures. When gently stroking your animal, you should not be able to feel the ribs and backbone. However, if you press lightly, you should be able to feel both ribs and backbone.
- Sparky and Mr. Whiskers should receive daily exercise – walks for your pooch and playtime for your feline. When it’s really cold outside, consider bringing well-socialized dogs to “Pooch Playtime” at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Register at www.wihumane.org.
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Photo Opportunity: Peanut will be available for filming until 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. To schedule an interview, please call Angela Speed at 414-431-6104.