First rule about fit club: talk about fit club. And use some of the tactics on your own pets, because their weight could be getting out of hand.
The latest installment of an annual program in the United Kingdom is setting out once again to help pets lose weight, according to organizer, vet charity The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).
It’s called Pet Fit Club, and it gives qualifying competitors free diet pet food and personalized advice to make lifestyle changes, such as good cat and dog feeding practices during a six-month period. The pet that loses the most weight will be crowned overall PDSA Pet Fit Club champ and receive a year’s free supply of pet food and a pet-friendly vacation.
So who’s down to lose pounds? The 13 finalists include eight dogs, four cats and one rabbit. The more outstanding examples include cat Lucy, whose owners doubled portions for the already heavy cat because they thought she was pregnant. Oops.
Another animal with a lot to lose is Tyty. The 7-year-old Chihuahua weighs almost 14 pounds. He can’t even say he’s big-boned. Apparently he got to this point by stealing food from his larger housemates.
Then there’s Pebbles, the bunny. Lack of exercise is to blame for the 3-year-old rabbit’s portly state. He’s gotten so big he can’t hop. That’s just wrong.
PDSA points to statistics showing that about one-third of U.K. dogs and a quarter of cats are now overweight or obese. (That’s cute, England. In super-sized USA, 52.7 percent of dogs and 57.9 of cats are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.)
PDSA has held the Pet Fit Club every year since 2005, working with 74 dogs, 32 cats and 6 rabbits to lose excess weight. Maybe we should export this event stateside.