Sprinkles the 33-pound cat from New Jersey is so fat she can’t even roll over and she’s equally as fat as a 700-pound human, say rescue workers.
Allowing your cat to get this obese should be a criminal matter. It is a form of animal cruelty because, through negligence, the cat is allowed to suffer either through unnecessary ill-health or an inability to do the usual activities because if immobility. It appears that no one considers this animal abuse.
In the UK the Animal Welfare Act states:
(1) A person commits an offence if—
(a) an act of his, or a failure of his to act, causes an animal to suffer,
(b) he knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act, or failure to act, would have that effect or be likely to do so,
(c) the animal is a protected animal, and
(d) the suffering is unnecessary.
Well, if a vet could certify that this cat has suffered unnecessarily because of inadequate cat caretaking it could be argued that the owner has a committed an offence.
It is time that something was done about the epidemic of obese domestic cats in the West (55% of cats and dogs in America are obese) . If people want to eat themselves to an early grave, all well and good, except that it burdens health services, but when they impose their sloppy eating habits on their cats, it is an abuse and unacceptable.
Nothing is being done to stem the upsurge in domestic cat obesity. Year-on-year the percentage of obese cats seems to rise. It is in the hands of people to decide to manage their cat’s food intact properly or face the consequences. Sometimes people need to be forced to change their ways. You can’t leave it to people to do it voluntarily. It won’t happen. In general, the human is too weak.