While I have been maintaining my weight for the last several months, my cat has been putting me to shame. Officer Krupke is down 3.5 pounds since August. According to Hill’s Pet Fit site, Krupke was the human equivalent of 40 pounds overweight. Now he’s only 9 pounds above average. He’s lost 30 pet pounds! Don’t worry. I haven’t been starving him and he doesn’t have any horrible diseases. He’s been on a vet supervised diet, and it seems diets do work with cats.
I started to notice Krupke’s weight loss in the same way that I noticed my own. When I was petting down his back last week I felt bones that I hadn’t felt before, just like how I felt my pelvic bones after I’d lost about 100 pounds. Krupke also seems to be prone to the same cravings and binges as humans. Last night I caught him licking grease from my George Foreman grill after I cooked a steak. I pulled him off the kitchen counter immediately, but got distracted by food boiling on the stove. Later that night I discovered the tray was amazingly grease-free, though I’d never cleaned it out. Hmmm…I’d love to believe he learned how to use the paper towel dispense and wiped the tray clean, but I think a cat tongue was the more likely cleaning agent.
Grease binges aside, I give big props to Krupke for losing weight, but I deserve some of the credit too. I listened to lots of late-night moaning for food and endured several nips from a hungry cat who decided to snack on my wrist. It’s a lot easier to lose weight when your life is controlled by a benevolent master who drives 5 miles each way to buy you specially formulated diet food. It seems to be an effective weight-loss program if you can manage it. He looks dapper enough to be featured on a greeting card.
In this season of weight-loss challenges and body challenges, I cracks me up that not even the doggies and kitties are left out with the existence of the Pet Fit Challenge. They’re even going on the road, to a city near you! (If you are not me, because the closest they’re coming to the Midwest is Florida.) The site has all the same things human weight-loss sites have – weight tracking, calorie burning charts, and diet food promotions. I’m just happy my kitty won’t be in need of it any more.