If you’ve been slipping treats and extra meals to a rather large British Blue shorthair cat in Exmouth, Devon, please stop.
That cat’s owner, Sheena Wilson, has had to put out a desperate appeal to her neighbours, asking them to please, please stop feeding Iris, who has become double her natural weight despite being on a strict low-fat and calorie-controlled diet.
Poor Iris has become so large she now struggles to fit through the cat flap.
‘Iris is huge – she’s a big girl,’ Sheena said of her pet, who weighs 16.5lbs.
‘During the last lockdown I realised that somebody else was feeding her because she was hardly eating her own food but still putting on weight.
‘She’s getting bigger and bigger.
‘We cannot keep her indoors.
‘Her diet is not going very well.’
Sheena explained that unlike her other indoor cats Iris gets stressed if she isn’t allowed out – so they can’t just keep her away from well-meaning neighbours giving her food.
The family want to help Iris lose weight so she will be with them for years to come.
They aren’t sure if Iris is finding food put out for hedgehogs or if she’s managed to charm a neighbour into giving her extra meals.
Sheena has had to put out a general notice on Facebook in an attempt to work out how Iris is getting extra food and put a stop to her snacking.
She wrote ‘For the love of pillow pets and fat Iris if you see this very loved fur friend pretending she has been neglected and has an empty tummy STOP feeding her.
‘As you can see she really doesn’t care but we’d love to have her with us for as long as possible.’
Iris is in need of an operation, but vets say she has to lose weight before she can safely have surgery – so it really is quite important she slims down.
An average cat weighs about 7.5lbs, meaning Iris is double a healthy weight.
She’s clearly unbothered about her fuller figure, but Sheena is keen to help Iris get her eating under control so her health improves.
‘She’s a bit of a diva and she likes to be the centre of attention,’ said Sheena.
‘She’s the only one allowed on our bed – and won’t let the other cats on.
‘She’s been in denial about being on a diet for some time and continues to beg for treats.
‘It’s becoming a problem for her now as only her head fits in the flap on the door which we have locked.
‘So she can only use it to play peek a boo and can’t fit the rest of her in it.
‘Iris has now resorted tapping on the door to come and go.’
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