Random web funny

It may not have much to do with Hoboken, but this picture made me chuckle, as I think you’ll find it amusing too.

Anyone in Hoboken have a big, chunky animal? If so, send your pics to hoboken411@gmail.com, and I’ll post them along with your story.

From the Daily Mail in the UK:

The couch potato cats that are falling victim to diabetes
By FIONA MacRAE

hoboken-fat-feline.jpgMice can relax. Even nesting birds can sing a little more cheerily.

Their number one enemy, it seems, is getting so fat he can barely be bothered to get off the sofa for a night’s hunting.

Vets have found that cats are imitating their owners’ couch potato lifestyle.

As a result of eating more and exercising less, more than a third of cats are overweight and the number of cases of feline diabetes has risen five-fold in 30 years.

Edinburgh University researchers estimate that one in 230 – or up to 400,000 pet cats – is diabetic. Danielle Gunn-Moore, a professor of feline medicine, said: “The lifestyle of cats is changing. They are tending to eat too much, gain weight and take less exercise.

“Unfortunately, just like people, cats will over-eat if they are offered too much tasty food, particularly if they are bored and have little else to do.

“While cats would naturally exercise outside, many cats are now housebound – perhaps because they live in a flat or because their owners feel that it is too dangerous to let them out – so they have little to do all day but eat, sleep and gain weight.”

In addition, stressed-out Britons are increasingly relying on cats for companionship.

Professor Gunn-Moore said: “Cats are now the number one pet, they are more popular than dogs. People get in late and they don’t want to walk the dog.

“They want the cat there as a companion and if it’s outside chasing mice, it’s not going to be there as a companion.”

Vet Elaine Pendlebury said much of the problem was because of owners giving their cats calorie-laden treats.

She said: “People are feeding them things like sausages from their own table. Sausages are quite high in salt and quite fatty.

“If you want to give your cat a treat, give it a small bit of boiled chicken or, even better, play a game with your cat.”

The diabetes study, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, looked at the veterinary records of 14,000 cats, coupled with questionnaires filled in by owners.

Cats are not the only pets to be losing the battle of the bulge. A quarter of dogs are clinically obese and overweight rabbits and even hamsters are also a common sight in vets’ surgeries.

Leave a Reply

15 Comments on "Random web funny"


bb2002
Member
bb2002
9 years 1 month ago

This begs the obvious question- who the f–k cares?!!! So cats have diabetes- in the grand scheme of things, it’s less than unimportant. Animals do get diseases and die, but until society has solved several pressing human problems such as DIABETES, cancer, etc. why would any sane person care enough about overweight cats to sink money and time into researching and diagnosing this blatant non-issue? It would be more than ironic if the person who undertook this study had two parents and a spouse die of cancer, but had 9 perfectly healthy cats.

Journey
Member
Journey
9 years 1 month ago

Assuming they will eat it. My girls would not eat the fancy stuff, and I by the varieties that have the higher from animal protein numbers and lower values on corn and such. And at least their food was not on the recall.

JAHoboken
Member
JAHoboken
9 years 1 month ago

The questions is not, can a cat live on Friskies, but is it optimal health? Saying a cat can live a long life on junk food is like saying, “Well, my Grandfather smoked all his life and he didn’t die until his 90’s.” I only hope people will not fall for the commercials and the millions in advertising that companies like Purina have and use common sense. Read the package ingredients. Is it optimal nutrition for a feline? That’s what you have to ask yourself. Ground corn? I don’t think so. Will a cat live? Yes. Genetics and lots of other things are involved. But, since you are responsible for feeding the cat, make sure you give it what is best for a feline, not what is easiest or cheapest.

Journey
Member
Journey
9 years 1 month ago

T and L are almost 3 years old.

Journey
Member
Journey
9 years 1 month ago

Tigger was 19, and in fairly good health, not counting the cancer. The only meds he had before the cancer was on for a thyroid problem and shark cartilage for his joints.

wpDiscuz