A podgy puss has a double challenge for 2015 – to beat the bulge and find a loving owner.
Nine-year-old Millie has been cared for by staff at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, since the beginning of December.
Weighing in at 6.3kg – nearly 2kg over her ideal weight of 4.5kg – the tortoiseshell moggy has been on a strict diet since her arrival at the centre.
And with the weight now slowly coming off, staff are hoping 2015 will be the year she finds a new owner and enjoys a happier, healthier life.
Deputy Manager of the National Cat Adoption Centre Tania Marsh said: “Millie was very overweight when she came in, so we’ve been working with the vet to come up with a plan to slowly reduce her weight.
“She is at significant risk of health problems so it is essential that we help her lose weight, though it needs to be a gradual process as it is dangerous for a cat to shed weight too quickly.
“Just as in humans, being overweight can have a huge impact on a cat’s health. The pressure of carrying 2kg of extra weight can cause heart problems, arthritis, and put them at a high risk of developing diabetes.
“Millie is a really lovely girl, she is sweet and affectionate, likes other cats and would make a terrific family pet. We need an owner who is committed to continuing her weight loss program, and ensuring she eats a properly controlled diet for the rest of her life.”
While Millie is particularly overweight, a survey carried out by Cats Protection showed she was by no means alone.
In the study of 1,120 owners, conducted to highlight the dangers of feline obesity, 23 per cent, were regarded by their owners to be overweight.
By following a few simple steps, owners can help their puss to lose weight and stay healthy:
To find out more about adopting Millie please ring 01825 741 330, visit the website at www.cats.org.uk/ncac or visit the centre in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate.
Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre is open seven days a week from 10am until 4pm.