Tiny was dropped off at the SPCA in a large box with another, smaller, cat Rapunzel. He weighed 30 pounds 2 oz (13.5 kilograms), which is three times the weight of a regular cat. The average, shorthaired house cat should weigh 10 pounds (3.6 to 4.5 kg). The Fredericton SPCA started Tiny on a special diet to see if he could shed some weight. Obesity is common in older, less active, cats.
Tiny shed three pounds in his first 10 days on his new diet and exercise plan. The Fredericton SPCA enlisted Nancy Garon as the cat's foster mother. Garon said Tiny’s appetite wasn't great, so she was trying to get him to eat. Part of Tiny’s exercise plan included chasing around the light made by a laser pointer.
Tiny added a bit of weight between his appearances on the scale. But his weight was still much better than when he first arrived at the SPCA. According to vetstreet.com, a realistic weight loss target for overweight cats is approximately one pound per month.
Tiny's weight loss started going back in the right direction. The hefty feline dropped just more than half a pound. Tiny is ahead of his monthly goal. Tiny is still on his low calorie, high-protein diet.
Tiny's weight loss progress stalled this week. His weight creeped back up to 27 pounds and 7.5 ounces. The news isn't bad, however. Tiny's foster mother was able to get Tiny to eat both from his canned and dry medical/diet food. This is progress for a cat that initially refused to eat when he arrived at the SPCA. LeeAnn Haggerty of the Fredericton SPCA said Tiny's fluctuating weight can be easily explained. "Lots of people, I am sure will relate to the roller-coaster of weight loss. However because his initial weight loss was so rapid and due mainly to him not eating this weight gain is to be expected as he has started to eat more in his foster home," Haggerty said.
Tiny turned the tables on his one-week period of weight gain. Tiny dropped one pound in the last week and roughly four pounds since he first arrived at the Fredericton SPCA a month ago. Dr. Nicole Jewett at Valley Veterinary Hospital said she is pleased with the cat’s weight loss. The goal is to have Tiny ease into a slow but steady weight loss of about three-quarters to one pound each month. The donations keep coming in for Tiny. His new diet food has been generously donated by a local supporter.
Tiny's weight loss is continuing but he is finding out a tough reality faced by many people who start exercising a lot. LeeAnn Haggerty of the Fredericton SPCA said Tiny has been exercising recently and that has caused the cat to put on muscle weight. Tiny exercises by chasing a laser light or green feather wand for about a minute before taking a snack or rest break. He has switched completely over to his special diet food. "We expect that with his new diet and continued exercise his weight will continue to drop slowly and steadily," Haggery said.
Tiny had his weekly weigh in on Valentine's Day. It was a big day for the big cat for two reasons. Tiny continued his weight loss, dropping to 25 pounds and 13 ounces. But Tiny also had a Skype date with his long-distance girlfriend, Valentina. She is also known in Edmonton as Tiny Tina. Tina was rescued by the Edmonton Humane Society after she was abandoned in an apartment. She was emaciated and near death. After more than a month, the Fredericton SPCA has raised roughly $1,700 for a medical fund for special needs animals. The donations have come in from across Canada and the United States from people hoping to help Tiny and other needy animals.
Tiny, the normally photogenic feline, was a bit off his game this week. Tiny was recovering from dental surgery. He dropped one ounce in the week after Valentine's Day.
Tiny continued to shed weight after his dental surgery. He dropped eight ounces in the last seven days.
Tiny had another impressive week of weight loss. He is down to 24 lbs and 13 oz, a drop of 7 oz in one week. The cat has shed more than six pounds since he was dropped off at the Fredericton SPCA on Dec. 30. LeeAnn Haggerty of the SPCA said Tiny's weight loss is coming as he is starting to exercise more. He likes to play with feather wands and laser pointers. His play sessions have steadily increased in recent weeks.
Tiny has lost a total of 6.5 pounds since Dec. 30 when he first came to the Fredericton SPCA .
Tiny gained some weight this week.
Tiny's lack of weight loss might be due to a surge of appetite. He had a bad tooth and lip ulcer and wasn’t eating at the time.
Tiny's continued weight increase is likely due to the steroids he was on because of his tooth and ulcer infection.
Tiny's weight did not drop but the SPCA says the lack of weight gain is a good sign. Tiny is no longer on steroid pills. He also had to have tooth surgery.
Tiny has dropped to his lowest weight since coming to the Fredericton SPCA. Tiny's weight loss came after a few weeks of weight gain because of teeth issues and medication.
Tiny lost 4.5 ounces in the last week. The cat has lost roughly nine pounds since coming to the Fredericton SPCA in December.
Tiny lost seven ounces in the last seven days, dropping his weight to 20 pounds 10.5 ounces. He continues to have a very healthy appetite, even though he continues to lose weight.
Tiny is continuing to lose weight, dropping 0.5 ounces in the last week.
Tiny lost two ounces in the last seven days. Although he is losing weight, the SPCA says his appetite for his special canned food diet remains
Tiny's weight gets closer to the 20-pound threshold. He dropped 7.5 oz in the last seven days. Tiny continues to exercise and is on a canned food diet.
Tiny dipped below 20 pounds for the first time since he arrived at the Fredericton SPCA in December. He has lost more than 10 pounds in that time.