This impressive looking Norwegian Forest Cat, Ulric, is enormous, as enormous as the most enormous Maine Coon cats that you see in America. He caught my eye. He is a ginger-and-white tabby Norwegian Forest Cat with beautiful long fur. He weighed 2 stone 2 lbs at the time the photographs were taken.
And at this time he was participating in a dietary program to lose some weight. His owner, Jan Mitchell, adopted a five-month-old puppy to help him fight the flab through play. That might not be the solution.
Jan said that he is a lovely cat but that he is very greedy and lazy. A combination bound to result in obesity if the owner gives into him. I’m not criticizing Jan. Apparently, he spent years stealing his sister’s food and gorging on cat biscuits (kibble). There might be one of the problems. He appears to have been fed dry cat food with free access. If you feed your cat dry cat food you’ve got to provide it in a controlled way unless the cat self-regulates his diet. This means putting down the food and picking it up at the required moments.
“We couldn’t really work out why Ulric got so fat – his diet only consisted of dry cat food and water, nothing elaborate.”
Like I said, I can see a problem: unregulated provision of dry cat food which is high in carbohydrates. Although he did enter a competition to lose weight but barely lost a pound over six months despite having his food weighed. Perhaps he has a metabolic disorder.
Ulric, who was seven years of age at the time the photographs were taken in 2014 was declared by veterinarians as “morbidly obese“. That is a terrible thing to say about a cat and his owner!