Large and in Charge

Good GOD, you are probably thinking. I think the same thing every time I see Sammy or pick him and his 18+ pound bootie up. Yeah 18 pounds! He’s half dog!

When he went to the Vet about 6 months ago he was 16 1/2 pounds and needed to lose weight then. Um hello! I have him on low-fat, high-fiber food but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Oh and it’s not his thyriod or any health thing, he’s been checked. He tells me that it’s because he’s a Maine Coon, and he’s supposed to be “rubeneqsue”. :)

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21 comments

  • May 4, 2010
    Coffeebug

    Mwahahaha yes I’m sure he’s very offended by all this crazy weight talk! Actually on the bottom pic he has a slightly ‘well how very dare you’ look on his face, doesn’t he!

  • May 4, 2010

    I’d have to say Sammy is perfect just the way he is. My Orton is a little on the cubby side and the vet said his tail was short…who does she think she is talking about his tail?!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Black Holo Comp =-.

    • May 4, 2010

      Hi Jessica,

      I agree, he’s perfect! Except the Vet said he’s at risk for diabetes and we would have to give him medicine every day for the rest of his life…Which would NOT be fun!

  • May 4, 2010
    keri

    Cute! Some of them are just big-boned! ;) Mine are only 11 months and the bigger one is already over 16lbs! But he’s more like a macho musclehead!

    I can’t believe the food diet he’s on is not working though…

  • May 4, 2010

    He’s not fat, he’s just big boned!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Barry M Pink Flamingo Swatches =-.

  • May 4, 2010
    Melli

    Hi Kelly,

    Sammy is sweet. My Maine Coon, Loki, is a female (the first trick from our trickster…the nub she had as a kitten seemed to disappear the day I took him/her to be fixed :)). She weighs 15 pounds. She did develop diabetes 4 years ago, and we have to give her two shots a day. It isn’t too hard once you get used to it, and she is healthy and happy otherwise. Hopefully, Sammy doesn’t get to that point, but it is manageable.

    • May 5, 2010

      Hi Melli,

      Hmm is it a Maine Coon thing or just a larger cat thing? Sammy is a very large cat in general, but his whole underside sags down LOW, so some of it is definitely obesity. He pees when we take him to the vet so I am worried what a shot or pills every day might do to him!I am glad your kitty is handling it well though, that’s good to know.

  • May 4, 2010
    Rachael

    Sammy looks great to me!! My Smith is non-Maine Coon and weighs 17 pounds – the vet yells at me every time I take him in, and we keep cutting the amount of food that he’s getting down and down. He still hasn’t lost any weight and I feel terrible when I throw just a few kernels in his bowl. Poor thing!

    • May 5, 2010

      Hi Rachael,

      Right same with us. He gets bigger and bigger but he isn’t really eating any more than he ever did. He does occasionally totally gorge himself them throw up then eat again but only every couple months. Silly!

  • May 5, 2010

    O M G!!! He is the cutest cat! My cat used to be big like that, then as she got older she started shrinking. We could never figure out how our cat got so big, she was an indoor cat and we only fed her the recomended amounts. But she loved going down in the basement, she would be there for hours – we think she was mouse hunting or something.

    • May 5, 2010

      Hi R3Daily,

      Oh I’ll bet she was mouse hunting. Maybe mice are leaner than regular cat food so that’s why she lost weight, LOL!

  • May 5, 2010

    What a big boy – and a cutie =) He’s like 3 of my little Frisky, she’s *maybe* 6 pounds dripping wet, even though she’s always got dry food available, plus gets a can every morning AND begs relentlessly for treats – which I can’t resist giving to her LOL. One of her favorites is cheesy poofs XD
    .-= Colette´s last blog ..NOTD: Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure + Thinking of Blue =-.

  • May 5, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    hes so cute and has that look like “what, you wish you were me” .cats are like that if we could read their minds we’d be hurt. i just imagine them being uber sarcastic til they need us, i love cats and they’ve always been in my life mysterious though.

    • May 5, 2010

      Hi aaminahs mom,

      I totally know what you mean. Sammy is actually the sweetest most lovable cat. He loves everyone, and any time anyone comes into our house he’s ALL OVER them. He follows me everywhere and always wants to snuggle. It actually gets to be too much sometimes! I have never had another cat like that. My other two though, now they are a whole other story…

  • May 5, 2010

    What a cutie :) But if it is a risk to health then its better loose the chubby charm :) That would no be easy I guess! He looks soo happy hough :)

  • May 5, 2010
    Melli

    Hi again Kelly,

    The needles are very thin, and the shots are under the skin (up at the shoulders). They barely feel the needle, and we always accompany a shot with lots of pets. Loki is a cuddle monster. too, so she doesn’t mind it. Your vet will monitor the dose, and it may just be one shot a day, which is easier. You will do shots at some, so Sammy should be fine with it, rather than having to take them in every day. Once you learn to do it, it is not too hard to do. Better than giving pills…:)

    I think diabetes is a larger cat thing, and Maines are large, so that is probably the predisposing factor.

    I hope all goes well, and email me if you have any other questions. I am happy to help!

    • May 5, 2010

      Hi Melli,

      Thanks for the info that’s all good to know. He probably wouldn’t notice as long as he was “hugging” me as he always does, while my husband gave him the shot. Let’s just hope he stops gaining though before he’s too large to clean himself! :)

  • May 5, 2010
    Melli

    Oops, that should be shots at home….not some…sorry!

  • May 5, 2010

    My Manfred is a HUGE Maine Coon. At his heaviest he was 22lbs. He is about 20lbs now. The vet wants him at 17. YEAH RIGHT! :P The funny thing is, he isn’t that fat. He is just REALLY big.
    .-= Skulda´s last blog ..Weekend Update and a Giveaway =-.

    • May 6, 2010

      Hi Skulda,

      Wow 22 pounds! Yeah the hard part is how do you get a cat to lose weight? It’s not like they are dogs and you can play catch and stuff with them!

  • May 6, 2010
    Carol

    LOL Coffeebug. He certainly does look like he has a ‘tude!!

    Love seeing these pics, Kelly!