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Any cat owners out there?

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Cryophase Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I really need someone to talk to right now.
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I've been in college since the end of August and just came home for Thanksgiving, like a lot of you. I was really excited to see my folks and siblings again, as well as my cat.
This is what my cat used to look like
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Cute little fucker, ain't he?
Here's what he looked like now
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If the problem wasn't clear from the picture; he's completely and utterly obese now. I was his sole caretaker for the past six years, and I've always tried to make him as happy and healthy as possible. He's had weight problems before, but never this bad. And those minor weight problems, I dealt with. Before I left for college he was an active, healthy-weighted guy who loved to run around the house and play with toys.

I leave for three months, and I come back to a basketball-shaped cat who can hardly walk, never plays, and has these constant, weird wheezing attacks. He doesn't want to move anymore; if you put him somewhere, anywhere, he won't move. He has no energy. He used to run up the stairs and follow me around the house, and now he can barely walk.

He had a wheezing attack during Thanksgiving dinner and I almost had a breakdown. I can't believe what my parents have done to him since I was gone. I told them they need to feed him less, they say he doesn't eat that much. I told them to make sure he doesn't eat the dog's food, they say they can't help that. I tell them maybe try switching to wet food, they say it's too expensive. Are you really going to deny that it's your fault? I leave for three months, the first time I've left him in six years, and he's quadrupled in size. Think maybe there's a correlation?

It's sad because I remember all the things he used to be able to do with me, how playful he was, etc. Now he won't,- he can't do anything. He was never like this before. He isn't old, he's only about 8 years old. It's so depressing to see the animal I left three months ago dead and buried under layers and layers of fat.

I'm leaving again on Sunday, and it kills me that I can't take him with me. I wish I could help him lose this weight, get healthy again, but I have school, and my folks don't see to give a crap about how he's treated. He's an animal, not a human, the only thing that controls his health are the people that take care of him.

Any college-bound cat owners ever have this problem? Help me out with a suggestion, or just talk to me, I'm all ears.
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:iconbluekite-falls:
do you maybe have any friends who might be able to take him in?
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not college bound, but I've had this happen with two cats of mine that I let my mother take care of. Over feeding is a huge issue and that is clearly what has happened here. There is possible depression due to you being gone, but they are not taking proper care of him at all. Yes, it IS their fault for him being that obese and they are making excuses to claim it's not their fault or their problem. I would say schedule a vet appointment if at all possible and make them go with you so they can hear from an expert what is wrong and why it's happening. They won't listen to you because "You're the child, they're the adults, they know more than you do." That line of thinking has destroyed more family relationships than I care to count... Seriously... I really wish colleges allowed people to take their pets with them, just one pet as long as it's small (under 20 pounds). Cats, small dogs, and most birds qualify under that. They won't even allow students to have a stupid GOLDFISH for crying out loud. It's disturbing, really.
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The only thing I can think of is for your parents to switch him to diet cat food (from what I understand this is a better method of pet weight lost than just feeding them regular food but cutting portions), but that won't help if he's getting fat from the dog's food >_<
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MasterMegatron-sama Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If possible, I'd suggest finding a friend that could take better care of him. If your family doesn't care, he won't be getting any better I'm afraid. It'd be good to put him somewhere with much less food and somewhere where he can run and climb outside. Taking him to the vet would be good too, because it might be medical, on top of being overfed.
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Atlantech Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes I own a pussy
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ImaginationDiva Nov 22, 2012  Student Artist
He might be depressed, just like humans, we eat a lot when we're depressed...
What I suggest is that you get him to the vet and ask for some suggestions for a diet for your cat..trust me, my cat is just as fat as yours ^^;
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ImaginationDiva Nov 22, 2012  Student Artist
He might be depressed, just like humans, we eat a lot when we're depressed...
What I suggest is that you get him to the vet and ask for some suggestions for a diet for your cat..trust me, my cat is just as fat as yours ^^;
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ImaginationDiva Nov 22, 2012  Student Artist
He might be depressed, just like humans, we eat a lot when we're depressed...
What I suggest is that you get him to the vet and ask for some suggestions for a diet for your cat..trust me, my cat is just as fat as yours ^^;
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Cryophase Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cats don't mirror human psychological conditions or responses. Cats usually starve themselves when under stress, they don't "stress eat". They are not people
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ImaginationDiva Nov 22, 2012  Student Artist
alright..just trying to help..sorry..
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