Weighing in at a whopping 4st 10lbs (30kg), Alfie has eaten and snoozed his way to become 67% overweight. He needs to lose 1st 12lb (12kg) to reach his ideal weight.
Alfie’s owner, Emily Simcox, adopted him four years ago. Due to his previous owner’s busy lifestyle, with a child on the way, they found it difficult to take him on walks and give him the time and attention he needed to be fit and healthy. As a result, Alfie piled on the inches and grew used to his lazy ways.
“Unfortunately, when we took Alfie on he was already overweight so he’s always been used to an inactive lifestyle. He gets out of breath easily and obviously doesn’t enjoy exercising because it’s so much effort for him. It’s a real struggle to get him more active” said Emily.
While Emily has tried to help Alfie, she admits that she needs to shake off some bad habits.
“We’re guilty of feeding him too many treats and leftovers. When he sits and looks up at you with his gorgeous puppy dog eyes it’s so hard to resist and say no to him. He loves corn beef and chicken from our Sunday dinner; he’ll just sit and stare at our plates until we give in. And if we have a takeaway, we sometimes slip a few chips into his bowl. I know we shouldn’t but he’s just so hard to resist.”
But now that Alfie has been selected as a Pet Fit Club finalist Emily is determined to get the naughty treats off the menu.
Emily added: “His size really worries me. I’m scared he’ll get sick or die young, so I’m extremely excited for Alife to start Pet Fit Club. I’m hoping it will help Alfie to have a better quality of life and he can live to a ripe old age. He’s already suffering from arthritis so losing weight will reduce this. I can’t wait to start and see his transformation!”
Alfie’s six-month Pet Fit Club diet and exercise programme will be specially tailored and overseen by the vets and nurses at Middlesbrough PDSA Pet Hospital.