Amber the cat is pet slimming champ
Published 28/01/2010 | 07:53
A fat cat which shed more than two pounds has been crowned pet slimming champion of the year by an animal welfare charity.
Amber weighed 15.7lbs (7.1kgs) at the start of the challenge in September, more than 60% over her ideal weight.
The 12-year-old feline from Edinburgh, who was put on a veterinary-controlled diet as part of the PDSA's annual Pet Fit Club competition, has since lost 2.6lbs (1.2kg).
Elaine Pendlebury, PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, said: "It is much harder for cats to lose weight than dogs.
"The process has to be done very carefully under close veterinary supervision as too rapid a weight-loss can be dangerous. To lose 17% of her bodyweight is an outstanding achievement."
Amber's owner Penny Faulkner, 26, nominated her for the fat-fighting competition shortly after adopting the moggy from a rescue centre in July last year.
She said she was delighted with the progress of her cat, who once had a habit of secretly raiding the fridge to feast on cheese and smoked salmon.
Ms Faulkner said: "The first few days were very hard. Amber wasn't very happy with her reduced portions but I've tried to make it fun for her by using treat toys so she has to work for her food.
"You can see a real difference in Amber's shape, she no longer waddles when she walks. I've also noticed she's sleeping less and seems more interested in playing.
"We did have one slip-up when she managed to get her head inside the bag of food while I was in another room but apart from that I've been very strict, which seems to have done the trick."