A little while ago I posted about a kitty who was starved, and this week I ran across a kitty who has been overfed to the point where he can barely walk. His name is Little Dude and his foster mom set up a Facebook page where people can follow his progress. He’s currently in the hospital due to a fever but hopefully they’ll get that under control and get him back on the path to good health.
There’s always the chance that this kitty has a medical condition that contributed to his becoming obese. But I’d be willing to bet he was grossly overfed. It’s just so sad to see a pet in such poor condition. The video clip of him walking a little, then laying down panting is heartbreaking. But at least he’s in a new home and has a chance at becoming more healthy.
You can follow Little Dude and even suggest a new name for him. His foster mom thinks he should have a new name for his new adventure in life.
We hope this beautiful kitty does well and has a fantastic future ahead of him.
On a related animal health note, today our newspaper ran an article about community outreach by the local SPCA to assist and educate pet owners in a particularly problematic part of town about the services that are available to them. The ASPCA is funding a project where pet owners can get free spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, dog training, and pet food. People in this part of town typically have limited income and often don’t have transportation to veterinary services. If the owner chooses to participate, a volunteer will come pick up their pet, take it for medical services, then return the pet home. The article says that similar outreach program in other cities have been very successfully, so we’re hoping this works in our neck of the woods.