Viral Superstar Fat Cat Cinder-Block–and Tips to Keep Your Cat Healthy

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Surely you have already seen the video of Cinder-Block, the fat cat with a one-paw fitness routine.

If not, let me catch you up.

Cinder-Block and Her Bare Minimum Workout Routine

A veterinarian shared a video on social media featuring Cinder-Block, a very plump, 25-pound gray kitty. In the short clip, Cinder-Block is shown doing the bare minimum of her workout routine.

She had been surrendered by her former owner to a veterinary hospital after her care became too much to handle, and she was morbidly obese from overfeeding. She was placed on a strict diet and exercise regimen in order to get her weight back down to a healthy range, but this superchonk figured out how to game the system.

That’s when we were all graced with a video of Cinder-Block’s workout routine.

People everywhere are smitten with this fat cat, and understandably so. This cat is so relatable to a lot of us who just can’t muster up the enthusiasm to hit the gym, right?

Cinder-Block has gained plenty of fans commenting things like, “I hate workouts too” and “Awwwwwe, I feel you baby! I have these days, too.”

However, veterinarians are warning that they are seeing a lot of obese cats, and those numbers are on the rise. Currently, at least half of cats ages 5-11 years old are overweight.

Health Problems Caused by Excessive Weight

While fat cats might be funny or cute, it’s important for pet owners to understand that it’s unhealthy. Our obese pets are at risk for developing health problems and are living shorter lives.

  • Excessive weight puts extra burden on your cat’s joints and ligaments, which can cause pain, quicker degeneration, lameness, and arthritis.
  • Obesity is known to increase your cat’s risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, heatic lipidosis, or even certain cancers.
  • Obese cats have a greater risk for lower urinary tract problems, such as inflammation, infection, and obstructions.
  • Excessive weight can reduce a cat’s life expectancy.

Check With Your Vet

If your feline friend is currently tipping the scales, check with your veterinarian to figure out an appropriate new diet. You might need to change your cat’s food portions and meal frequency, or your vet might suggest a special cat food designed to help your cat lose weight.

You will also have to work on helping your cat become more active. And while you likely won’t be putting your cat on an underwater treadmill, like Cinder-Block’s routine, your veterinarian can suggest toys and activities to help your kitty burn those extra calories.