A Cat’s Fake News

Gibbs has been on a diet for about a month.

Natasha came for a visit one day in early December and asked, “Is Gibbs getting fat? He looks like he put on weight.”

So, I weighed him and…

Yup, he had gained about two and a half pounds since his early 2021 vet visit. His human slave had been over-feeding him last year, similar to how she had been over-feeding herself.

I immediately took steps to control food portion and Gibbs has already lost over a pound. Unfortunately, he’s not happy about this and Gibbs tends to meow “fake news!” at me every time I tell him, “It’s not time to eat yet,” or when I say, “That’s all you get,” or “That’s MY food.”

Poor kitty, sad kitty, boo hoo hoo.

Anyhow, Gibbs is looking better and while the human slave is struggling to get her eating and weight loss act together, the furry one can be happy knowing that a fake news life is better than an overweight life, the former of which I hope he lives a very long one.

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21 responses to A Cat’s Fake News

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Love this. When we had cats it was difficult to not give in to their plaintive meows of [supposed] starvation. Stay strong, Mary

  2. dweezer19 says:

    Poor Gibbs. At least he has someone who can make him be healthier. We humans are on our own! 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know…I could use someone to make my meals and portion control them, because I can be so bad at that.

  3. lois says:

    One of my cats is just the opposite. She lost 2# in a year. Multiple tests/blood work turned up nothing, so we are giving her more food. Sling a little of Gibbs’ food Pumpkin’s way… 😺

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t know that Gibbs wants to share his food, Lois, but what he doesn’t see me sling at Pumpkin won’t hurt him.

  4. murisopsis says:

    Hehe! I needed to slim down my cat Fida many years ago. I managed with much complaining but eventually he lost the weight. To keep him from being a bother (and to get more fluid into him) I devised kitty “tea” which consisted of some warm water (~a cup) and a teaspoon of low calorie wet food from the vet made into a very thin gravy – he drank it down and was full enough to forget that he needed to eat NOW. Hang in there and I’m sure Gibbs will thank you later (especially when you give him his dinner)!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for the “tea” idea! Gibbs drinks his plain water, but I bet he’d also like chicken or tuna tea and it might keep him quiet in between his meals.

  5. Isn’t it amazing how a cat can lose weight so easily when its food portions are contained? Once Copper’s bowl was no longer a side treat spot for Dessy to get extra calories from and I limit her food portions when I do feed her, she slimmed right down. Despite her complaints about the fake news as you cleverly put it – she’s much better off these days!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I had a cat pass from being overweight about 12 years ago and I swore after that, I’d never let that happen again. I’m glad Natasha observed His Royal Fattiness before it was too late, but Gibbs is still not a happy camper. As I type this, he’s in a “time out” in the cat room as he’s getting into this habit of crying steadily for 1-2 hours before his lunch time and will not shut up. He’s pathetic, but I’m hoping he’ll eventually get used to the new portions and I’ll have some peace and quiet.

      • Aw, that’s sad about your other cat. It is good that Natasha helped notice Gibbs’ redundant fluff. Gibbs sounds a lot like Dessy. Her howling should be starting soon. She’s the perfect alarm clock.
        If you haven’t looked into an automatic feeder, that might be the solution you’re looking for. My daughter’s cat was obsessed with bugging the humans for food. Once they got her used to the auto feeder, her weight adjusted and she was content to rely on the noise of the machine.
        Gibbs will eventually give you some peace and quiet.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I have an auto feeder that goes off at 4 am…so I can sleep in. The rest of his schedule is in my hands so I can control portions.

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