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Expectations: lessons from a cat

csoderstromcsoderstrom Posts: 25Member Member Posts: 25Member Member
So, I follow a cat on Instagram who was terribly obese. 33lbs. His people adopted him this way and have been getting him more exercise and adjusting his food type and caloric intake. After 1 year he has lost 8 lbs which is 25% of his original weight.

So, I was thinking about it… A CAT TOOK ONE YEAR TO LOSE 25% OF HIS WEIGHT.

He has all day to run around and exercise, has people strictly controlling his caloric intake--he can't run out for ice cream or a burger. His people tell him when it’s time to exercise and a vet advises his people every step of the way.

Really listen....A CAT TOOK ONE YEAR TO LOSE 25% OF HIS WEIGHT.

Why am I expecting myself to be able to lose 25% in just a few months?!

I am the master of what goes in my mouth. I am in control of my exercise habits, water consumption, how many goodies I get from the breakroom. I have free will, a complicated set of emotions, and I WILL faulter.

It took me years to get to this weight. I can certainly give myself a year (or more if needed) to lose it, right? And I don’t have to do it alone. I recently went to a great dietitian to help guide me in figuring out how to do this in a sensible way.

A cat took one year to lose 25% of his weight; I think we humans can give ourselves a break and realize that THIS CAN BE A LONGER PROCESS than the “Lose 30 lbs in 60 days” crap we’re always buying into AND THAT IS COMPLETELY OKAY!

picture borrowed from Bronson's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/IAmBronsonCat/
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  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Posts: 25,101Member Member Posts: 25,101Member Member
    Light bulb moment, for sure!
  • BZAH10BZAH10 Posts: 5,433Member Member Posts: 5,433Member Member
    Great observation and thought process!

    I can't get past those cute paws. Looks like he has mittens on.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Posts: 28,241Member Member Posts: 28,241Member Member
    Go Bronson!!

    :flowerforyou:
  • LAT1963LAT1963 Posts: 1,057Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,057Member, Premium Member
    that's inspiring both to me and because my boycat needs to lose 2 lbs (is 19 lbs should be 17 lbs. He's a big boy! Seriously. His head is almost twice the size of my 9 lb girlcat's).

    Vet says it's kibble that makes them fat. It has...too many carbs....So I think that's a lesson too.

    PS: I wish we could hit more than one button...I'd like to hit insightful, inspiring, and like!
    edited August 13
  • tcunbelievertcunbeliever Posts: 6,922Member Member Posts: 6,922Member Member
    I adopted 2 dogs that were morbidly obese, it took about 2 years to get them down to a healthy weight...they got there healthy with no physical issues due to malnutrition...so definitely don't rush the process...healthy is a journey, not a destination.
  • puffbratpuffbrat Posts: 2,161Member Member Posts: 2,161Member Member
    This is a great perspective!
    ..and you know he grumbles at that tiny bowl of food. :lol:

    And stomps around all day saying he is STAAAARRVVING and nobody EVER feeds him!
  • staticsplitstaticsplit Posts: 474Member Member Posts: 474Member Member
    What a handsome cat!
  • LivingtheLeanDreamLivingtheLeanDream Posts: 11,863Member Member Posts: 11,863Member Member
    Love this post! go Bronson :-)
  • forknitsandgiggles91forknitsandgiggles91 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    What a cutie! I've heard before that cats are naturally hypothyroid- low thyroid function which is why they are sleepy/hungry all the time and gain weight easily/slow to lose weight. Might just be a myth though
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 6,421Member Member Posts: 6,421Member Member
    What a cutie! I've heard before that cats are naturally hypothyroid- low thyroid function which is why they are sleepy/hungry all the time and gain weight easily/slow to lose weight. Might just be a myth though

    I think they seem more sleepy and hungry because we see them during the day and they are naturally nocturnal.

    Me on the other hand I am sleepy and hungry most of the day, but can't blame that on thyroid haha
  • QueenofCaffeine4LifeQueenofCaffeine4Life Posts: 35Member Member Posts: 35Member Member
    I love this post!
  • estherdragonbatestherdragonbat Posts: 5,089Member Member Posts: 5,089Member Member
    What a cutie! I've heard before that cats are naturally hypothyroid- low thyroid function which is why they are sleepy/hungry all the time and gain weight easily/slow to lose weight. Might just be a myth though

    I think they seem more sleepy and hungry because we see them during the day and they are naturally nocturnal.

    Me on the other hand I am sleepy and hungry most of the day, but can't blame that on thyroid haha

    Actually, they're crepuscular. Most active at dawn and twilight.
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 6,641Member Member Posts: 6,641Member Member
    LAT1963 wrote: »
    that's inspiring both to me and because my boycat needs to lose 2 lbs (is 19 lbs should be 17 lbs. He's a big boy! Seriously. His head is almost twice the size of my 9 lb girlcat's).

    Vet says it's kibble that makes them fat. It has...too many carbs....So I think that's a lesson too.

    PS: I wish we could hit more than one button...I'd like to hit insightful, inspiring, and like!

    Why do they put carbs in food formulated for an obligate carnivore?
  • estherdragonbatestherdragonbat Posts: 5,089Member Member Posts: 5,089Member Member
    LAT1963 wrote: »
    that's inspiring both to me and because my boycat needs to lose 2 lbs (is 19 lbs should be 17 lbs. He's a big boy! Seriously. His head is almost twice the size of my 9 lb girlcat's).

    Vet says it's kibble that makes them fat. It has...too many carbs....So I think that's a lesson too.

    PS: I wish we could hit more than one button...I'd like to hit insightful, inspiring, and like!

    Why do they put carbs in food formulated for an obligate carnivore?

    It's not uncommon for weight loss, actually. Not sure how it achieves the reverse, but if you check the ingredients on the "healthy weight" cat foods, you'll find grain is usually one of them.
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