Patches, a hefty feline weighing in at 40.3 pounds, is on a quest to find a new place to call home.
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Patches had been living at the Richmond Animal Care and Control shelter located in Virginia.
Thankfully, following the widespread circulation of Patches' photo, he found a new home quickly.
In their household, Patches lives with two other pets, a cat named Wellesley and a dog named Bella. Initially, Wellesley was cautious and kept his distance when Patches joined the family. However, after a few days, Wellesley warmed up to Patches, and now they are good friends. Bella, the 13-year-old Yorkie, was immediately welcoming and happy to have a new companion, as she is known to love everyone and everything.
Patches' weight issue was not healthy for him, despite our love for chunky cats.
Patches, who needs to shed some extra pounds, has a weight loss plan shared by the new owner. It's essential to note that this plan may not be suitable for all pets, and consulting a veterinarian for a personalized approach is recommended, as emphasized by Kay.
Kay's plan for Patches includes dietary adjustments, playtime, and future electronic monitoring to ensure his well-being.
Kay, the new owner, outlined a detailed plan for Patches' care. She discussed his food preferences, emphasizing a wet food diet without gravy, a gradual transition to pate, and reduced kibble intake. Kay also mentioned Patches' eating habits, highlighting that he's not a voracious eater.
Regarding exercise, Kay acknowledged that cats don't follow strict exercise routines and mentioned playing with Patches multiple times a day. She noted that walking was kept minimal due to potential joint strain and mentioned the generosity of donors who provided a cat wheel and an inclined cat scratcher.
Additionally, Kay mentioned an upcoming electronic monitoring system for Patches' weight and nutrition, which would eliminate the need for weekly weigh-ins and reduce stress for Patches.
For those curious about Patches' journey, a Facebook page has been set up by his new owner, Kay Ford, to provide updates.
Inspired by Patches' weight loss journey, Kay created a Facebook page to share his progress with others, believing that people would appreciate knowing he was doing well. Over time, the page grew beyond her expectations.
Best wishes to Patches on his weight loss
Kay's message emphasizes the importance of prioritizing pets' health and well-being
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Pet obesity is a growing problem, and it's our responsibility as pet owners to navigate the of our pets' health. Overfeeding, lack of exercise, and genetics can contribute to weight issues in cats and other animals, putting their lives at risk.
Let's not wait for our pets to reach a critical point like Patches before we take action. Instead, let's make informed choices about their diet, exercise, and overall well-being.
It's a commitment we owe to our furry companions, ensuring they live longer, healthier lives. Patches' journey should inspire us all to be more conscientious and proactive in caring for our pets so they, too can enjoy a life filled with love, vitality, and well-deserved happiness.