Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 57.9% of cats and 52.7% of dogs are overweight or obese.
Obesity is the number one health threat pets face, and the most important pet health decision owners make each day is what and how much they feed.
This is my dear friend, Elisabeth Gardner, with her rescue cat Frankie. Frankie lives in my town, and I plan to post more about Frankie’s journey when I visit Frankie. We will discuss the medical issues associated with a morbidly obese cat per Dr. Norman of The Ark Animal Hospital in a later post, but I first wanted to introduce you to Frankie. You can follow Frankie’s journey through his Facebook page, FrankieThe 30lb Cat, as he begins his weight-loss journey.
Frankie’s rescue story began in Mobile, Alabama where he was surrendered, at 11 years old and morbidly obese, so his family could travel in their RV. Elisabeth, through Have a Heart Rescue in Birmingham, Alabama, drove over three hours to Mobile, Alabama to rescue Frankie. Frankie is now in a loving home and under the care of a local vet (my feline sister’s vet, as well) and on a strict diet. In the attached video, Ashley Norman, D.V.M, of Ark Animal Hospital in Millbrook, Alabama, discusses some of the problems associated with an obese cat.
Hope you will stop by Frankie’s Facebook page and say hello to Frankie and his family. His mom, Elisabeth, has such a kind spirit for all animals. Thanks to Elisabeth and her husband, Paul, for giving Frankie a loving home and the medical care he so desperately needs!