Chomper the Cat
Chomper’s weight loss has slowed. While staff and volunteers are still trying to come up with new ways to get him to move, Chomper is proving to be very good at walking for a few feet and then plomping down for a belly rub. Our animal care attendants are working on new approaches.
Our days got a little brighter a few weeks ago when we met Chomper the cat. Don’t let the name fool you, Chomper is one of the sweetest felines you are likely to meet. This affectionate nine-year-old was surrendered by his owner who could no longer care for him.
Like many of the animals surrendered to us, he arrived with some medical issues.
Chomper is very overweight, technically obese. His check in weight was 31.6 lbs, a good deal above the average 10 lb. weight recommended for most domestic cats. The extra weight was causing strain on his joints and had made grooming his back difficult, causing mats in his fur.
We shaved off some of his fur to remove the mats. We ran tests which revealed no underlying medical issues, so on February 8th, Chomper was given the go ahead to start shedding pounds, with special feed and as much exercise as our staff can encourage and cajole him to do.
Some of our animal care attendants and volunteers have taken to visiting Chomper on their lunch hour to encourage him to move. Luckily he is often happy to follow them around his room and has a special fondness for catnip toys.
Stay tuned for more updates on Chomper . . .
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