A gray and white domestic short hair cat named Buddha continues to make headlines around the world in a "big" way. He's a rescued, morbidly obese six-year-old feline who probably enjoyed way too much pasta for lunch. Sadly, after a death in the family, the zaftig kitty had been surrendered to the Metro Animal Care and Control.
Of course, one can't tell how many of a cat's nine lives are used up on weight issues, but Penny Adams, a volunteer from the Cat Shoppe Rescue happened to spot Buddha in a cage at the shelter and reached out to help.
According to the Tennessean.com, on August 2, Buddha weighed in at a husky 31.4 pounds; much too heavy for a cat and a very serious health hazard. So how does one make a cat exercise? Where there is a plan, there is a solution.
Buddha now works out three times a week at the Animalia Health and Wellness Center where he spends up to 12 minutes on an underwater treadmill. Yes, indeed, a cat who may meow a bit as he is equipped with a safety harness and some human intervention, but all that wading has helped Buddha to reduce his weight to 27.9 pounds. His coaches say that Buddha doesn't seem to mind the water as much as other cats, however Buddha would rather be napping on a soft pillow somewhere quiet.
The Cat Shoppe and Dog Store is Buddha's new home, and here his diet is carefully controlled. As it is very dangerous for a cat to drop weight too quickly, Buddha's diet plan is carefully monitored by his veterinarian, Dr. Martin who checks on the 'fatty catty' three times a week.
Buddha's goal is to lose one pound a week, and eventually be a svelte 20 pound beauty who can actually clean himself and roll over easier for those most desired belly rubs. His rescuers say Buddha has a great disposition.
Best of luck Buddha. We'll be checking up on you soon. Buddha will be available for adoption in the future.
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