Fat pussy Socks needs the catkins diet!

Socks with PDSA nurse Jenny Walton
Socks with PDSA nurse Jenny Walton
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THIS fat cat has been piling on the pounds.

But now portly pussy Socks is starting a battle with the bulge that will see her transformed into a super-slim feline.

The cat is one of 11 taking part in the PDSA’s annual pet slimming competition, which has seen the animals stick to a six-month diet and fitness challenge.

The family pet, from Houghton, started to fight the flab in December after owner Jenna Greenwell, 30, nominated him to become one of the PDSA’s biggest losers.

When he started the Pet Fit Club programme, Socks was about 48 per cent overweight, tipping the scales at 8.15kg.

Now, half the way through his diet, he weighs a healthier 7.6kg and is well on his way to hitting his 5.5kg target.

Jenna said: “I’m so pleased with how well Sock’s is doing in the competition.

“It hasn’t been easy. He still begs for scraps and it’s a struggle to get him to exercise, although he does enjoy running round with his brother Little Lad, which he never used to do.

“But he’s losing weight and that’s fantastic.

“We’ve stuck to the diet exactly and have only had one slip up when I caught my son feeding him crisps.

“I’m so grateful for everything PDSA has done for us and I really hope with their help he’ll hit his target weight by the end of 2011.”

Socks and the other animals’ diets and fitness programme is tailor-made by the vets and nurses at Sunderland PDSA PetAid hospital.

Ian McClive, PDSA senior vet, said: “Socks is doing fantastically well on his diet and fitness programme.

“We’re just past the half-way point of the six-month programme and his owner is already noticing really positive changes in his shape and energy levels.

“There’s still a long way to go but we’re confident that he’ll continue to do very well.

“Carrying excess weight can have a serious short and long-term health problem for pets, making them less mobile and willing to play, as well as putting them in danger of developing life-threatening health problems.”

PDSA research has revealed that Socks is not alone. Across the region, 93 per cent of cat owners give their pets treats and 52 per cent admit their cat is overweight or obese.

To follow Socks and the other animals’ progress, visit www.pdsa.org.uk/petfitclub