Obesity & Pets: Meow
Meow the 39 pound cat was making the talk show circuit recently, with appearances on the likes of Today and Anderson Cooper, as a sad example of how obesity is even affecting our pets. And even more sadly, he passed away this week at only 2 years old due to pulmonary failure caused by his obesity.
I’ve posted about obesity in the animal kingdom before, but this is a truly tragic example of how our diets and the foods we’re allowing into our bodies are destroying us and those dependent on us. Apparently Meow was given to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society after his elderly owner could no longer care for him, but he came in extremely obese and the goal was for him to lose weight in a healthy manner while in foster care before he can even be put up for adoption. Adult cats typically weigh between 7 and 12 pounds.
It’s especially sad in cases like these, with children and pets, who lack control over their situations and surroundings and are dependent on others to be fed and nourished properly. There are good people fighting this, such as the director of the Animal Shelter, who said
“We are devastated,” said Mary Martin, executive director of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, which was caring for the obese orange-and-white tabby. “We were in a race against time to get the weight off Meow before he developed complications from his obesity, and we lost.”
But Martin hopes Meow will not have died in vain. “We hope his fight will encourage other people to help their pets maintain the best health possible,” she said. “Obesity is not something to be ignored.”
but Martin is right, we all need to educate ourselves and join the fight, especially if we take responsibility for another life. RIP Meow.
(Image courtesy of the Daily Mail)