Podgy Sheffield puss will shed pounds with national pet slimming competition
A podgy Sheffield cat has been selected for the UK’s largest pet slimming competition.
Seven-year-old feline Bournville has been selected to compete against eight other fat cats and dog from across the UK in the PDSA Pet Fit Club.
Together these hefty pets weigh 31 stone and need to lose nearly 12-and-a-half stone – the same as a Game of Thrones dire wolf.
Weighing in at a whopping one-and-a-half stone, Bournville – whose love of muffins has led him to pile on the pounds – has eaten and slept his way to become 59 per cent overweight. He needs to lose a colossal eight pounds to reach his ideal weight.
Bournville’s owner, Carla Wood, from Richmond, said: “Bournville’s weight gain has made him very lazy. He does a lot of sleeping and doesn’t have much energy, which is only making weight loss harder.
“He eats anything and everything. He once stole a chocolate chip muffin and ate the entire thing; the only way I’d known he’d eaten it was because of the empty packet that was scattered on the floor.
“I was worried as I know chocolate can be poisonous, but luckily he was okay. He’ll always come running if he hears tin foil rustling or smells meat cooking. He has a very big appetite, especially compared to my normal-sized cat, Cookie.
“I’m worried about that will happen if I don’t do something now and get his weight down. I want to make sure he lives a long and happy life so I’m determined to slim him down with PDSA’s help.”
Bournville’s six-month Pet Fit Club diet and exercise programme will be specially tailored and overseen by the vets and nurses at Sheffield PDSA Pet Clinic, located on Northern Avenue.
Nicola Green, the vet nurse who will be helping to oversee Bournville’s diet, said: “Pet obesity is an epidemic that is impacting the lives of millions of pets across the country. As with humans, being overweight can lead to a higher risk of suffering from serious life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.”