Titanic tabby on a mission to lose weight this New Year

02 January 2018
Titanic tabby on a mission to lose weight this New Year
An overweight cat is facing a double challenge this New Year – to beat the bulge and find a new home.
 
Black and white moggy Sophie weighs around 6Kg – which is 50% more than the recommended weight of an adult female cat (4Kg).
 
She was brought to Cats Protection’s Warrington Adoption Centre late last year after her owner passed away, and staff at the centre are helping Sophie to lose weight.
 
“Overweight cats like Sophie are at significant risk of developing complications such as diabetes or arthritis so it’s important we slim her to a healthy bodyweight as soon as we can,” says Sonia Scowcroft, Manager at the Warrington Adoption Centre.
 
“Sudden crash diets are not healthy for cats so it’s a journey that can take many weeks and we are hoping to find her an owner who can continue her on her special diet.  Sophie is friendly and lively and she would make a great pet for any family.”
 
Cats Protection is hoping Sophie’s story will inspire owners of other overweight cats to make a ‘Mew Year’s Resolution’ for their cat. Sonia said: “There is a tendency to over-feed cats out of love, habit or a desire to make them feel part of the family but it’s important to consider the harm this may be causing to cats.
 
“Since many cat owners will be starting out on a diet or fitness plan for the New Year, this is a great time to ask your vet if your cat could do with losing a few pounds too.”  
 
The charity’s top feeding tips are:
 
  • Feed your cat a reputable pet food which includes everything they need to stay healthy and stick to the manufacturer’s recommended feeding amount
  • Avoid giving your cat fatty foods such as cheese and chocolate. Many cats cannot digest cow’s milk and chocolate contains a compound that is toxic to cats
  • Only give treats that are specially formulated for cats, and consider your cat’s total calorific intake so that their other food is reduced accordingly
To adopt Sophie please call the Warrington Adoption Centre on 03000 12 06 12. To view other Cats Protection cats in need of a home, please visit www.cats.org.uk and input your postcode in the ‘Find a cat’ box.
 
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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at
    www.cats.org.uk