Morley – September 2017
Meet Max, the Morley surgery pet of the month for September 2017.
Max’s owners rescued him from the streets as a stray in 2013. He had been neutered but had no microchip or collar, and he had been hanging around the streets for some time. Because of this, we believe that his previous owners may have abandoned him. At the time he found his new home, Max was quite a large boy. He had obviously been managing to stay well fed, despite his lack of owner!
At his heaviest, Max weighed in at a whopping 8.16kg. His owners began to work on reducing Max’s weight. Within the first year or so, he was able to lose around 1.5kg, which was a great start. Unfortunately, in mid-2015, Max developed struvite crystals. These can develop in the bladder and prevent sufferers from being able to urinate. This is a very serious problem and can quickly become fatal if not dealt with. It is also something that can be more common in overweight cats. Once we were able to deal with the initial issue and unblock Max, we started him on a special diet. This diet helps to prevent the formation of struvite crystals in the urine.
More Weight Problems
Over the following six months, we were able to help Max’s owners keep his struvite crystals under control. Unfortunately, Max began to put weight back on after changing to his new food. Thankfully, a product is available that incorporates urinary support and weight loss. Over the following two years, Max was able to bring his weight down to a much more reasonable 5.45kg and has had no further urinary issues.
Max has done extremely well on his weight loss program, and his owners deserve plenty of praise for helping him drop over 2.5kg. Because of his lengthy battle with weight control and urinary issues, we think Max is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done, Max!