The owner of a morbidly obese moggy from Dundee is hoping to see him shed more than just fur — having entered the feline in to a pet slimming competition.
Six year-old Entei, who tips the scales at 7.25kg, was already overweight when he was adopted by his owner Andy Edwards.
The moggy, who is deaf, is one of the participants in the PDSA’s annual Pet Fit Club competition to help pets slim down.
He has already lost over two pounds in weight, but is still around 45% bigger than he should be.
Andy, 48, said: “Entei was 8.5kg when we brought him home and I think he had been quite spoilt. Apparently he was living with several other cats and, because he’s deaf and felt vulnerable, he used to wolf down his food very quickly before the others could get their paws on it.”
Since adopting Entei nine months ago, Andy has helped him lose just over 1kg in weight . However, he’s still well above the ideal weight of around 5kg for a cat of his type.
Andy added: “I feed Entei very small meals of prescription diet pet food every two hours. He doesn’t cry for food but if I put something in front of him it will be gone in seconds. I want to help Entei lose weight because at his current size, if he needed an operation it’s unlikely he would survive it.”
According to the PDSA, snacks, takeaway leftovers and even alcohol are fuelling a pet obesity crisis in Scotland.
The PDSA warned owners they could be drastically shortening their pet’s life expectancy.
Figures show more than five million cats, dogs and rabbits in the UK are being fed “treats” every day – including potentially dangerous foods such as chocolate, chips and crisps.