Greedy cat Fifi Bottomley from Bradford is taking part in a six month diet and fitness challenge to lose weight. The 8 year old cat weighs 9.3kg, when she should be closer to 4.5kg.
Fifi was found starving as a kitten and was nursed back to health by the Bottomley family. Fifi started to pile on the pounds about three years ago, and her owners tried several times to put her on a diet without any luck. They controlled her portions, but she still continued to gain weight. The family were mystified, until they realised that Fifi had charmed an elderly neighbour into giving her food, milk and treats every day!
Fifi is one of 18 animals taking part in the PDSA's Pet Fit Club in a bid to lose weight. Find out more about her challenge as she competes in the charity's annual animal slimming competition.
- Over a third of all dogs (35% or 2.9 million) in the UK are now overweight or obese
- Around one in four cats (approximately 3 million) are overweight
- Over-feeding treats and providing an incorrect diet are the primary causes of pet obesity, with 90% of dog owners admitting to feeding treats such as cheese, crisps, cakes, biscuits, toast and takeaways