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Mom, I'm just big boned.

January 22nd, 2008, 06:24 PM
So I took a few pictures of Vlad. While I think he could stand to lose a couple of pounds, I don't think he's fat. He's quite solid, and I think he's just a big boy. I'm still going to try and get him down a few pounds. The vet told me she'd like to see him around 12 pounds. I think anywhere between 12 and 15 should be good for him.

I may buy one of those scales for myself, just so that I can weigh them all monthly myself.

Here are the shots. What do you all think?

January 22nd, 2008, 06:25 PM

Here's the last one. I figure, if he can still do this, he can't be THAT chubby.

January 22nd, 2008, 06:39 PM
hehe i love the last one all twisty :D

January 22nd, 2008, 06:45 PM
LOL, good thing I wasn't standing on the other side.

January 22nd, 2008, 07:04 PM
I don't think he's fat :shrug: I hope you're not telling him he is ! What if he becomes anorexic :yell: :D

January 22nd, 2008, 07:12 PM
looks just fine to me! i like the one where he's sprawled out on the white floor

January 22nd, 2008, 07:16 PM
Not sure if it's because of the angle the photos were taken, but in the ones where he's laying on his side, his body does look a little tubby in relation to his head :o . But I love tubby cats :cloud9: . There's more squishiness :D .

January 22nd, 2008, 07:17 PM
Thanks guys. I think he's just a big boy.

Don't worry Frenchy, I would never tell my sweet Vlad he's fat. Even if he was fat.

January 22nd, 2008, 07:26 PM
Not sure if it's because of the angle the photos were taken, but in the ones where he's laying on his side, his body does look a little tubby in relation to his head :o . But I love tubby cats :cloud9: . There's more squishiness :D .

He does have a bit of a pooch, but Oksana has that too.

January 22nd, 2008, 09:18 PM
i think hes perfectly fine the way he is, but it wouldnt be bad if he lost a pound or two, i mean if you can get the weight off he would still be ok. but my god is he ever shiney!:lovestruck::cloud9:

January 22nd, 2008, 09:39 PM
He doesn't look overweight to me - he looks pretty darn good!

January 22nd, 2008, 09:49 PM
I figure if you can see hips, they are ok I think Vlad looks just fine to me.. nice pic's ancientgirl. pbp

January 22nd, 2008, 10:17 PM
I don't think it's time to sign him up for The Biggest Loser yet. :D He looks pretty darn good to me.

January 23rd, 2008, 01:59 AM
He looks fine to me and has beautiful shiny fur. :lovestruck: But I wouldn't let him gain any more weight. :o

January 23rd, 2008, 06:21 AM
He doesn't look fat to me either.
My indoor/outdoor male looks just like him and he runs around 18- 20lbs.
Vlad has a beautiful coat too.
I don't think he needs to lose any weight.


January 23rd, 2008, 07:24 AM
He's not fat at all. Remember most cats do put on a pound or two extra in the winter, even indoor cats. Besides, he just looks like a solid bundle of muscle. All you need to do is make sure he gets some more active play time to move those muscles, and maybe reduce the treats a little, nothing more.

My dad once brought in a solid limb from a tree he cut down and fixed it to a solid wooden base, placing the thing in the hall for the indoor cat to have a "real tree" to climb in and scratch on. It didn't work, his cat was too lazy :laughing: but the idea is really good! The next time I have something to cut down, I'll bring it in for Misti and Spoutnik!

January 23rd, 2008, 07:32 AM
Ancient,Vlad is NOT fat....
For some reason 12lb's seems to be the magic weight for cats,according to the vets:mad:but cats like people are different,some are big,small,bigboned,'s like saying all humans should weigh 135Lb's,makes no sense.
We cannot take everything the vet says as gospel,especially regarding the cats diet,we have to use our common sense.

My Rocky at 16Lb's looked great,he's a big boy,now at 11 1/2lb's I can feel every bone in his body,but the vet think's he's perfect:mad:you do not want Vlad to be that skinny.
Chico,looking much like Vlad,is definetly not fat at 16Lb's and there is no way,I would put him on a diet.
Now,Vinnie IS overweight and i am watching what he eats,he would eat all 3 dishes if I let him and everything else that's edible.
A fat cat is not good,just like obese people,but I think you can safely put your mind at ease,Vlad is not obese!!

January 23rd, 2008, 11:34 AM
You should be able to count his ribs easily as you move your hands along his sides with a small layer of fat, no more than 1/2 inch of fat covering them. He should have a waistline between his ribs and hips.

January 23rd, 2008, 11:49 AM
Thanks for your input everyone. I can feel his ribs, and he does have a waist.

I'm trying to get him to be a little more active. I found a laser pointer I had when he was a kitten, that I thought was lost. I need some batteries for it.

I'm going to change their eating routine, and take away some of the kibble, and cut back on some treats. I don't want him to gain anymore, so even if he stays at that weight, it's okay.

I still want to get a scale for them, so that I can monitor their weight and make sure they all stay at a healthy weight.