Question For Today- Has Your Pet Become Overweight?

By DB
@dgobucks226 (25720)
February 21, 2021 4:32pm CST
I've been having trouble staying fit especially since the Covid 19 virus hit us with in home lockdowns and restrictions last year. It seems according to recent studies that pets have been struggling with weight problems too. During this time people have been home with their dogs and cats more often than before the pandemic. This has caused those pets to pick up some bad human habits and a sedentary lifestyle. One reason mentioned in this study for the weight gain are owners giving their pets too many sweets. Maybe that person is bored at home and feeding their cute little dog or cat a treat provides them with something extra to do. Also, picking up a cat or little dog and carrying them around instead of letting them walk deprives them of needed exercise to remain fit and strong. Running up and down stairs or around the house helps burn those calories! Or perhaps you and your pet are watching to many Netflix movies on the couch during your homebound time off. Which will make both of you lazier. So, have any of you pet owners been guilty of overfeeding or too much lounging around with your pet on your lap? Are you keeping your pet in shape or have you slacked off during this pandemic? Some Source Info- radio.com Photo- pinterest.com
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@kaylachan (13353)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Feb
My cats weigh just the right ammount. They don't need me to race around the house, they do it even when I wish they wouldn't. Even I have been trying to stay fit.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
I see. So no extra attention from you for your kitty since being homebound during the pandemic. Although in Florida you have not been subject to lockdown restrictions like other states. Sounds like those cats have their own exercise program, lol
@LadyDuck (325902)
• Switzerland
22 Feb
I am taking care of a cat that people who moved left behind. He is not an indoors cat, he comes inside when he likes, but he loves to be free and he stays in the garden all the time. He is not at all fat, even if I feed him very well.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
I see. Being an outdoor kitty allows for plenty of exercise time
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@LadyDuck (325902)
• Switzerland
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 Cats need to move freely, I pity those closed inside a home, they are like the animals in the zoos.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
26 Feb
@LadyDuck Interesting analogy? Never thought providing shelter and food and a warm bed was treating my cat cruelly. But I see the point your making.
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@FourWalls (31243)
• United States
22 Feb
My vet complained about Freckles having a weight issue, to which I replied, "At least you'll never be able to accuse me of cruelty or neglect!"
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
Do you mean you've been giving Freckles an extra treat or two? What kind of treats have you been feeding your pet?
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@FourWalls (31243)
• United States
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 -- I gave her anything she darn well pleased. She ruled this roost! In fact, bittersweet story, the vet had her severely restricted to do tests on her, and when we found her kidneys were failing and we'd made "that awful decision" I let her have anything and everything she wanted. My mom went up to KFC and got her chicken strips every day for the last week of her life.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
26 Feb
@FourWalls Going out in style. I like that!
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@just4him (235506)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Feb
No pets here. However, I haven't gained weight during COVID. I've been steadily losing. Though I plateau on occasion but not for long.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
No weight gain? That's terrific! Wish I could say the same. And I don't have a cat or dog as an excuse
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@just4him (235506)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Feb
@dgobucks226 No serious weight gain caused by COVID. I do have a little caused by my surgeries and lack of exercise because of them. I'm slowly getting rid of those excess pounds.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
26 Feb
@just4him That's understandable. I'm sure your determined to get back to feeling physically better and in shape again
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@RasmaSandra (39330)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Feb
That is a cute photo. Right now I do not have a pet but when I had my cat Sid, he ate a lot but it all went to muscles. He always looked slim but when you went to pick him up he weighed a ton so it seemed,
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
Sounds like one sturdy cat. The kitty in the photo could take a lesson from Sid I think many bored owners are sharing their snacks with their pets during virus lockdowns and both of them are gaining weight
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@RasmaSandra (39330)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 Here is a photo of my darling Sid I have many special memories
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
26 Feb
@RasmaSandra Very nice looking kitty My cat was also a black color.
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@prinzcy (18094)
• Malaysia
22 Feb
Nope, they're much more healthier than I am. Maybe except for my indoor cat. The others are always roaming around outside, hunting for something.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
So, no extra attention like extra sweets or cuddles since you've been home more often? Cats who are able to run around definitely have an advantage over indoor cats.
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@prinzcy (18094)
• Malaysia
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 only kittens and the indoor is usually sweet and cuddly. Especially if they want treats. The outdoors would do that occasionally.
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@LindaOHio (58184)
• United States
22 Feb
We don't have pets anymore. I have not been eating more since the pandemic; and I have cut out snacking from my daily routine.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
Your willpower is better than mine! What's your secret, lol.? With recent snowstorms in my area, I've been housebound even more resulting in more snacking for me
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@LindaOHio (58184)
• United States
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 I am overweight; and I don't want to gain anymore; so I don't snack 99% of the time.
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@LowRiderX (23514)
• Serbia
22 Feb
@dgobucks226 I don't have a pet at the moment, but even when I did, it never was overweight Funny photo
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
I thought that photo was hilarious when I found it. Like the cat I find myself inside snacking while watching Netflix movies Thanks for stopping by and reading my post!
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@LowRiderX (23514)
• Serbia
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 You are always welcome
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@rebelann (81950)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Feb
My cats are lucky, they don't like to be picked up and my dog is too heavy for me to pick up but boy do they nap a lot. Geriatrics is the rule here, we're all pretty old and I'm the only one gettin fat.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
Yep, we just can't move around as much the older we get to burn off those calories and like you I've taken to napping quite a lot lately. Especially since this pandemic Think I'm just bored staying at home so much and not seeing friends.
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@rebelann (81950)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Feb
Yeah, that does happen @dgobucks226
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@CarolDM (117021)
• Nashville, Tennessee
21 Feb
One is fine, the other is a tad overweight. I am sowing on cutting his food back.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
That cubby one may need a little more playtime Owners have been guilty of cuddling with their pet more often than usual during the extra time they have been home due to lockdowns. How about you?
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@CarolDM (117021)
• Nashville, Tennessee
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 The Dude is more active that I am on most days.
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@thelme55 (63801)
• Germany
21 Feb
I don't have a pet anymore. When we still had a dog, he was not overweight.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
I see. I think some owners just overfeed their pets. And this Coronavirus adds to boredom and overeating.
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@thelme55 (63801)
• Germany
23 Feb
@dgobucks226 That is what I think too.
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@RebeccasFarm (22041)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Feb
No pets here, but I have..put on 10 lbs since this pandemic started
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
26 Feb
Yes, I can relate to that. I need to spend some more time on my treadmill
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@JudyEv (238614)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Feb
I'm sure some pets learn to get more treats by cute antics if their owners are home all day.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
26 Feb
Yes, good point and I totally agree
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@sol_cee (26437)
• Philippines
22 Feb
Lolll a couch potato cat
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
Yes, funny photo for sure! Like the cat I find myself inside snacking while watching Netflix movies
@NJChicaa (95380)
• United States
21 Feb
My cats aren't overweight. I feed them an expensive high-protein grain-free dry food that keeps them lean.
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@dgobucks226 (25720)
23 Feb
Sounds good! I'm sure they appreciate those high quality meals. Have you been guilty of cuddling with your pet more often than usual when you were pandemic homebound?