Alice the Cat Sees Weight-loss Results

The obese cat weighed 26 pounds at time of intervention.

By Soraya Gutierrez | Posted: April 29, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Courtesy of Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Alice the cat has lost 6 pounds.
The caretakers of an 8-year-old cat with a severe weight problem report that the domestic shorthair, named Alice, has started to shed a few pounds as a result of a feeding program designed to help her reach a healthy weight.

Alice was taken in by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals when her owners could no longer care for her.

Alice the cat weighed 26 pounds and was not able to groom herself because the excess weight made it extremely difficult for her to move, said Amy Karls, DVM, a practice development veterinarian at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. After the cat started to eat the prescription diet food recommended by Karls, her weight went down to 20 pounds.

Her caregivers at the animal shelter say they are excited to see the progress. Jacqueline Rose of the RISPCA said that the cat gets up to greet visitors and walks around more to visit shelter staff in their offices. She says Alice the cat is the center of attention, and she is even “a little bit spoiled.”

An initial goal was set to get the cat’s weight down to 15 or 16 pounds, to be reached in 11 to 12 weeks. For more information and photos of Alice, visit the animal shelter staff’s blog.

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sarah    Racine, WI

8/2/2008 1:56:30 PM

how wonderful
i'm gald she
got some help

BB    Redmond, WA

4/29/2008 7:08:43 PM

How wonderful!

Louise    Wells, ME

4/29/2008 5:26:00 PM

Has Alice become the "spokes cat" for weight loss??She sure should be!! Keep up the good work and spread the word!! TV, radio, magazines!! All cat lovers should know this story!!

Lynne    Wolcott, CT

4/29/2008 5:14:15 PM

That is great news !!!!! Hope that all involved are proud of their hard work !! I look forward to more updates on Alice!!

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