Researchers at Canada’s Ontario Veterinary College analyzed the electronic veterinary health data of over 19 million cats and found that not only do cats tend to put on weight as they age, but they also have been getting fatter over the past few decades.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, found that a cat’s weight will gradually increase until it is around 8 years of age. Male cats tend to be heavier than females, and spayed/neutered cats tend to be heavier than unaltered cats.
Purebred cats reach their peak weight between 6 and 10 years of age, while non-purebred domestic cats peak at 8 years.
The mean weight of cats has increased overall from 1995 to 2005. However, weight has held steady between 2005 and 2015.
Researchers note that many cats in the study had only one weight on file, suggesting that regular vet visits where weight is taken are uncommon for many pet cats. They say that cats can be overlooked when it comes to health studies because they go to the vet less frequently than dogs.
In an article on the study, the researchers urge owners to monitor their cat’s weight regularly, including at-home weigh-in sessions. They note that unusual weight loss or gain can be a sign of a serious underlying health problem.
Banksy and Hamilton were best canine companions, doing everything together until Hamilton passed away. Banksy was deeply affected by the loss of his best friend. His owners became very concerned, as Banksy became depressed and spent most of his time sleeping.
They decided that adding a new dog to the family might be the answer. Enter Mochi, an adorable fluffball from Jindo Love Rescue, an organization that saves and adopts out dogs from the Korean dog meat trade.
Mochi also just happens to look like a miniature version of Hamilton! After a successful introduction, Banksy and Mochi have become inseparable, sharing everything from toys to walks to Puppuccino drinks side by side.
Watch the adorable video from The Dodo below. You can also follow the adventures of Banksy and Mochi (with their new friend Bowie) on their Instagram account!
Maisie is an adorable and active dog who also happened to be born both deaf and blind. Maisie is known as a double merle dog, the result of breeding two blue merle dogs together (generally regarded as poor breeding practice).
Double merles are prone to both eye and ear abnormalities that can lead to blindness and deafness, as was the case with Maisie.
Maisie was a rescue puppy when mom Haley adopted her after fostering her for just a few months. Haley developed a successful training routine for Maisie that incorporated touch.
Haley and Maisie work together to raise awareness about the health risks of breeding double merle dogs. Check out the heartwarming story of Haley and Maisie from The Dodo: