Friday, November 27, 2015
Looking Better, Butterbean!
About a month ago, I shared that we were putting a new focus on getting Charlene Butterbean to a healthier weight. We had made the switch to Royal Canin Feline Care Nutrition Adult Light dry cat, which helped her lose a pound, and we decided that the next step was to focus on a regular exercise regimen. We spoke with our vet, and proceeded.
The plan was to spend thirty minutes each evening, at a time she’s normally most active, engaging her in play. This proved to be challenging. She would play a little, but keeping her interested and moving the full thirty minutes was difficult. We decided to modify our plan to three ten-minute sessions a day, instead of just one long session, which seemed to work better, given her attention span.
This new focus has brought positive results, and since we began exercising her more, Charlene has lost a hair more than a half pound. In addition to this weight loss, other good things have happened, too. She’s moving better and overall, is much a more active cat, and more engaged. She now climbs to the top tier of her cat tower, which is something she rarely attempted before.
She asks to play, too! She’ll go and sit in the middle of the living room rug, which is one of the spots where we play with her, and cries out until we get out the feather wand or toss her a sparkle ball. I haven’t seen her do this in years! And when we toss those sparkle balls, she’s leaping for them, not just swatting a lazy paw, but really, really going for it.
She’s also playing more on her own! When we wake up or return from an outing, I often find evidence of play. You’ll see her favorite toys dropped by the water dish or left on a rumpled throw rug.
She spends a lot more time playing with Wylla, too, and has no trouble keeping up with her younger, more energetic sister. In the evening, and often after we go to bed, they will chase each other the length of the house and up and down the stairs. Because she’s in better shape now, the play field is much more level, and they take turns “winning” the race. They have great fun together, and they’re even closer than they were before.
It’s been a great bonding experience for us, too. We all look forward to the time we spend together, devoted to play, each day.
I love doing things that make my cat happier and healthier. With this small, daily commitment we made to Charlene’s well-being, I can see big differences already. She suddenly seems younger, and because we’re seeing such great results, we will continue with the Royal Canin Feline Care Nutrition Adult Light diet and our exercise routine.
We have an appointment with our vet next month, and I’m hoping by then Charlene will have lost another half pound, which will get her to our goal weight. I have my finger crossed for a glowing report, and I think we might just get one!
We’re hoping Charlene’s tale will inspire you to help get your cats to their healthiest weight. If you need some help getting started, My Pet Reference has some great articles on weight management for cats, pet weight loss, and encouraging cat activity. Of course, talk to your vet too, so they can guide you down a path that is best for your cat!