Weight gain can cause our kitty’s lives to be cut short. Overweight cats can deal with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other illnesses caused by extra pounds just like humans. So even though we may really like our chunky kitties, we should take pause and think – are we helping them have a healthy long life?
Are we cutting our lives with them short?

Are we being responsible pet parents by not helping them lose weight?

Are they able to romp and play like kitties their age should?

The issue is, it’s not so easy to get kitty to shed the pounds. They like to eat, just like we humans. They indulge, and like us, they keep adding on the pounds. It’s pretty amazing how much felines are like humans. They share our weight problems. Cat weight loss is not so easy. Overweight cats are every bit as common as overweight humans.Felines also share the fact that weight and metabolism are closely linked. As cats age, they tend to slow down, and their metabolism slows. With the weight gain, they move slower, and their metabolism gets a bit slower, just like with us humans.#HillsPet has come up with a new cat and dog food that combats weight gain by fighting the pets’ metabolism. Some key points about Hill’s Metabolic Cat Food include:

  • While eating Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, an overweight animal’s metabolism changes to act more like that of a lean animal.
  •  Even after weight loss is achieved, the highly efficient energy metabolism profile is maintained.
  •  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution provides clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn calories and regulate appetite.
  • Your pet’s quality of life and relationship with your family is impacted because that extra weight can reduce play time, impact mobility and affect the lifelong general health of your dog
  •  As the pet parent said, “I gained a friend.” When our pets feel good, it’s like getting back our old friend.
  •  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is not a fad because you must be working with your veterinarian to make sure your cat or dog is a candidate for this special diet.

While we understand there are health concerns when our pet carries extra weight, often times it  affects our relationship with our pet. In the video Bear’s Story we see a touching, real life story of dog named Bear and how his excess weight affected his life and his relationship with his family. His pet parents didn’t know what to do. With the help of their veterinarian, they took the brave first step by starting a weight loss program, and feeding Bear Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. The transformation began. Bear started to gain back his energy and his life.

If Bear’s story isn’t enought, let’s look at some of the results for cats. With #Hills Pet Metabolic cat food. Russell, 5 year old, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 11.3 kg (24.9 lbs.) Russell was shown to have 72% body fat and lives in a multi-cat household Body Weight: 10.6 kg (23.3 lbs)

Russell-Before

Russell-Before

Weight Loss: 0.7 kg (1.5 lbs). 6.1% body weight loss over 17 weeks Russell is losing weight despite being on 15 mg of Prednisone for Immune mediated thrombocytopenia and the owners feeding 3/4 cup instead of the recommended 1/2 cup per day.

Russell - After

Russell – After

Presented at 5.95 kg (13.1 lbs.) Body Weight: 5.1 kg (11.2 lbs) Weight Loss: 0.9 kg (1.9 lbs). 14.3% body weight loss Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Tara Edwards, DVM. Toronto Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Day ≈200

Lily -Before

Lily -Before

Day 0 Lily, spayed female, Domestic Short Hair Day ≈ 150

Lily - After

Lily – After

Meg, spayed female, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 7.6 kg (16.7 lbs.) Body Weight: 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs)

Meg - Before

Meg – Before

Day 0 Weight Loss: 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs). 15.8 % body weight loss Presented at 9.5 kg (20.9 lbs.) To see these super obese cats lose weight is really amazing as they’ve typically been the most difficult of all.” Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Day ≈ 170

Meg - After

Meg – After

Day 0 Malakai, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Body Weight: 8.6 kg (18.9 lbs)

Malaka - Before

Malaka – Before

Weight Loss: 0.9 kg (1.9 lbs). 9.1% body weight loss Malakai losing weight despite the owners feeding 3/4 cup instead of the recommended 5/8 cup per day. I look forward to weight management re-evaluations with my patients now. Every cat I have on this food loses weight, so it makes my job that much easier. Day ≈ 150

Malakai - After

Malakai – After

Day 0 Norman, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 6.5 kg (14.4 lbs.) Body Weight: 5.1 kg (11.4 lbs)

Norman - Before

Norman – Before

Weight Loss: 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs). 19.8 % body weight loss

Norman - After

Norman – After

“More energetic, looks and seems to feel great. What a transformation” MyCal Arseneau, DVM. Jacobson Veterinary Services Lennie, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Day ≈ 180 Day 0 Presented at 6.6 kg (14.6 lbs.) Lennie is the clinic cat and is notorious for helping himself to the “buffet” available on their food shelves.

Lennie- Before

Lennie- Before

Body Weight: 5.4 kg (11.4 lbs) Weight Loss: 1.2 kg (1.3 lbs). 9.0 % body weight loss in 10 weeks

Lennie - After

Lennie – After

 “Where other diets have failed, Metabolic has worked. He loves the food and has a lot more energy. His success is motivating our clients to start weight loss programs with their pets” Fundy Veterinarian’s Animal Hospital

To check out Hills’ many offering in this new food, visit:

Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution dry food
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution wet food
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution treats 

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated by the Pets 360 Network for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but www.bjbangs.net (Paws for Reflection)
only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

What do you think about these chunky kitties getting a new lease on life? Have you seen your kitty or doggie, or even yourself, slow down because of weight loss? I know I sure  have. Please share your thoughts. 

If you are interested in learning more about Hill’s Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, contact Paws for Reflection, and we’ll be
glad to share more information.

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Can cats be gay?

Can cats be gay?

Can cats be gay? There’s no scientific evidence, but some cats just have no interest in mating. Does that mean they are gay? And if we trust Wikipedia, we find there’s evidence that the lion and the European Polecat may in fact be gay.

Paws’ does not have the answer to that very thought-provoking question. However, we can share a story of a woman who bought a pedigreed Maine Coon cat to breed. Only thing was, he had no interest in mating.

When at a work related conservation conference, one woman shared her story, of her dreams of making money by having a pedigreed cat. She spent boatloads of money on this cat. He was big, beautiful, and what she thought would be the ideal stud for a dad.

People would want their kittens to look just like him. This was going to be great.

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Kitties almost as stressed out as their mummy when their backyard view turns into rubble. Thanks, Winter. It’s time for you to go. We’re so over it!

Have your cats ever lived through a disaster in your home? This certainly could have been worse. It could have been the house. But it still leaves us in a state of shock, and we muddle through. There will be some insurance coverage, but sifting through the stuff, the details, and the clean-up will all take time. It certainly puts the BlogPaws Conference in May out of the picture for this year. If you have stories to tell, please share.

Lenny turns his back on the view of the collapsed shed.

Lenny turns his back on the view of the collapsed shed

Shed collapses - a victim of the Winter of 2013-14

Shed collapses -a victim of the Winter of 2013-14

Siamese Linus - shocked as he sees the shed gone

Siamese Linus – shocked as he sees the shed has imploded

Shed - the roof is is gone

Shed – the roof is is gone

Kitty Lenny - the view of the backyard has changed. Shed collapse makes it kind of ugly.

Lenny quickly checks out the collapsed shed

There's a kayak underneath all that shed rubble

There’s a kayak underneath all that shed rubble

Siamese Linus walks away to safety of living room after shed collapses

Siamese Linus walks away to safety of living room after shed collapses

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Could your kitty stand to lose a few, or perhaps more than a few pounds. Weigh in on the discussion & check out Hills new metabolic cat food give-away below. Paws is extending the deadline to enter till this Wednesday, April 10, at midnight. In addition to the Give-away, please share the photos of your pleasingly plump kitties. Paws would also love to share your photos of your chubby, or sleek and slender kitties this month. Here’s another look at my feline portly girl.

pretty black kitty

Paws has extended the deadline to sign up for our give-away with a deadline of this coming Wednesday, April 10 at midnight, ET
Each Feline Metabolic Starter Kit will include:

  • 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
  • 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
  • 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
  • 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic cans
  • 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic treats
  • (2) $25 coupon

PD_T_Fel_Metabolic_AWS_B_FV_TF_smTo enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:

  • What is your pet: dog or cat
  • Pet’s age
  • Pet’s current weight or close guess
  • Your name
  • Your email address

Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted.

Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food.

This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only.

Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner. Entries for the give-away will be accepted through midnight on Friday, April 4. To enter fill out the form below with all the necessary information outlined above.

Why not sign up today to win a chance to try this new products. Paws assures you, we’ll only share info to sign you up for the give-away. While we all love our chubby kitties, if they really have a weight problem, weight loss and their health is the best thing we can give them. Sign up today!

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OK, let’s face it! We’ve packed on a few pounds this winter – well maybe not all this winter, like mom, but over time, our girth has expanded. Do you think, we could lose a few pounds? Weigh in on the discussion & check out Hills new metabolic cat food give-away below. There’s still a few more days to enter. In addition to the Give-away, please share the photos of your pleasingly plump kitties. Paws would love to share their photos this month.

Wordless Wednesday: Fat Cats

Do you think I'm just a very pleasingly plump girl?

Do you think I’m just a very pleasingly plump girl?

Does that belly make me a more handsome kitty?

Does that belly make me a more handsome kitty?

Do you think this cat is too fat?

Do you think this cat is too fat?

Kitties want more food! No wonder we gain weight.

Kitties want more food! No wonder we gain weight.

There’s still time to sign up for our give-away with a deadline of this coming Friday. Sign up to win Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free. Paws is giving away 10 Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits with your veterinarian’s authorization. It ’s a $70 value!

Each Feline Metabolic Starter Kit will include:

  • 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
  • 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
  • 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
  • 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic cans
  • 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic treats
  • (2) $25 coupon

PD_T_Fel_Metabolic_AWS_B_FV_TF_smTo enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:

  • What is your pet: dog or cat
  • Pet’s age
  • Pet’s current weight or close guess
  • Your name
  • Your email address

Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted.

Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food.

This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only.

Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner. Entries for the give-away will be accepted through midnight on Friday, April 4. To enter fill out the form below with all the necessary information outlined above.

Do you have any overweight cats? Have you tried ways to make your kitty lose weight, or have you just given in, and told yourself, there’s not much we can do to help kitty shed a few pounds? What do you think about the epidemic of overweight cats and dogs? Do you suppose the problem is as rampant overseas as in America? Please share your thoughts and your stories.

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