Ever struggled with your weight? Well you have nothing on Buddy, the 11-year-old morbidly obese cat from B.C. Starting off at 30 pounds — just in case you’re thinking “Hey, that’s not too bad” remember that Bud weighed the equivalent of three human heads, 26 jars of Nutella or approx. 1,960 loonies — he’s been trying to shed most of it (16 pounds) off for the past two years, but it obviously hasn’t been that easy.
Bud was adopted two years ago by Balanced Paws Veterinary Care Clinic, when his elderly owner couldn’t care for him any longer. Heather Matheson, a vet at the clinic (who also takes him home on weekends), says Bud was a sight to see when he first entered the clinic.
“He had rolls and rolls on rolls. When he rolled over on his back, he’d get stuck there for a good 15 minutes.” she said to The Loop. “He’d get out of breath just from walking up a few stairs and had absolutely no stamina.” Oh, boy.
Soon, he was put on a strict diet and a training program — which included exercising for food (his food dispenser only gives out food once he plays with it), swimming (with assistance) and walking (with a harness) — but Buddy wasn’t going down without a fight.
He staged a “down with the harness” protest:
Complained endlessly about being forced into the water:
And he was even caught stealing cat food and human snacks (when he lost enough weight to climb on top of counters).
Exhibit A; cat nip theft:
Video evidence that 'Buddy' is cheating on his diet……..
Posted by Balanced Paws Veterinary Care on Monday, 23 September 2013
Exhibit B; cinnamon bun theft:
Exhibit C; cookie theft:
Clearly things weren’t looking too good for the big guy, but not to fret. Although Buddy resisted in the beginning, Matheson says he’s gotten on board — for the most part.
“He’s relaxed now and is quite adept at firing his food dispenser across the clinic at high speeds,” she said. “He isn’t pleased with having to walk with a leash, but he’s not that difficult.”
Here he is checking for cars before he crosses the street:
'Buddy's walk about'Having mastered the stairs 'Buddy' is now going walking a few times a week. Although he still weighs in at 28.4 pounds we do see some definition starting to develop in those back legs. No it is not just our imagination………. we are sure we can see muscle…….somewhere…….
Posted by Balanced Paws Veterinary Care on Monday, 10 June 2013
Swimming (mostly) unassisted(!):
'Buddy' is looking more otter-like in the water all the time. His endurance is up to 8 laps (with rests). We may have an aquatic feline by summers end, hopefully with a very fetching figure……..
Posted by Balanced Paws Veterinary Care on Sunday, 11 August 2013
And, working hard for his food:
'Buddy-Boot camp'Well it is a VERY slow process……..It has taken several days but 'Buddy' is finally starting to get the hang of the new food dispenser unit & is working for his meals. Although 'Buddy' does have his nickers in a twist & would prefer to stick to his sedentary ways he is down to 27.8 pounds. Go Buddy!
Posted by Balanced Paws Veterinary Care on Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Heck, he’s even taken up yoga:
And painting in his spare time:
Just kidding, a little kid painted that.
So, after years of hard work, dedication and a few bumps along the way, Buddy has dropped 10 pounds. You’ve been waiting for the big reveal so here it is:
Yep, that’s a “before and after” picture of Buddy. Hard to believe that the one on the right is him, right? Vet Matheson says he now fluctuates between 19.6 and 20 pounds (depending on how many treats he steals).
We totally think Buddy can shed those pounds off in a few
months years. Keep going, Bud!
All photos courtesy of Balanced Paws Veterinary Care.