Should We Rename Her Pork Chop?

Fei Por the fat cat
Fei Por aka Pork Chop.
Photo by Wuan.

When Fei Por first came and made our home hers three years ago, she was already rotund, hence the name. Her idea of exercise was to walk from the basket where she slept and napped to her feeding bowl a mere meter away, and going out of the compound to do her business. In the three years that she has been with us, she had at least three litters of kittens but none survived. That was when we decided to spay her.

Occasionally, she would chase away female cats that dared to stray into her territory; male cats she allowed to come into the garden. That was how she got fleas on her and consequently the sore from licking the spot where the fleas made their home on her. That was also about all she did. Wuan even had to get a mouse trap to catch the rats that have been terrorising the garden. Fei Por just could not be bothered with the rodents scampering all over the place.

We have kept her in the house the past month because she is wearing a cone collar. We do not want her to get caught at the gate while squeezing through the grilles. The sore on her buttocks has healed. We will let her out after the scabs have fallen off, which is any time soon. Hopefully, she will not get anymore flea infestations after this.

She has balloned up even more since staying inside. She still gets the same amount of food. We attribute the obesity to her extremely sedentary lifestyle. She eats and sleeps only. The toys that get Cheeky excited do not work on her. She would just look at them nonchalantly. She would not move to allow me to pass even when she was blocking my way. That is how lazy she is.

If she continues putting on weight like this, she is going to resemble Totoro soon. We are not sure if she can go out through the grilles or not now. She already had problems going through the last few months. She definitely has to go on a diet after we let her out. It would be a tragedy the day we have to cut the grilles to release her should her belly gets stuck in between.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Should We Rename Her Pork Chop?”

  1. Should enroll her to “Down Size My Pet”!

    If only we have this show in Malaysia… We really need to control Fei Por’s diet. But when she wants food, she will always give us that pityful look that makes us feel guilty if we don’t feed her.

  2. Normally a cat puts on weight after being spayed.My cat is close to 14years old and getting very forgetful- can’t remember if she’s eaten or not!! And i think her kidneys are failing too- a common malaise for elderly cats.

    Fei Por is spayed but she has been in that shape when she came, now even more for the lack of exercise. Your cat is a septuagenerian! Wow. I am sure she had given you a lot of joy, and frustrations as well. Hehe. Our relationship with the cats is such – adorable and pesky at the same time. We love them to bits anyway.

  3. I have 3 cats. One male cat weighs 22 lbs. He is nuetered. He eats and sleeps most of the time. We put him on diet food and cut back his food in take. I think he may have lost a pound or two.

    He still needs to exercise. When you have found out how to do that, make sure you let me know. 🙂

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