A FORMER Stafford fat cat who went on a belly-busting diet, shedding 33 per cent of his bodyweight, won a national slimming competition and ended up with the purrfect figure for a new career as a pin up model.
Max, a domestic shorthair successfully fought the flab to be crowned winner of the Royal Canin’s national weigh in club competition after owner Rachel Knock became concerned about his weight and decided she had to do something about it.
Rachel said: “After realising that Max had become quite large, I booked him in for the Porky Pets Club at Vets4Pets.”
Weighing in at a whopping 8.5 kilos, Max was obese, but Rachel said, after working with veterinary nurse Katie Field and putting Max he lost an impressive 2.8 kilos and got down to a healthy weight and a fraction of his original size.
“He is now very active and is able to run and play and even jump over the garden fence!”
After winning the competition, organised by Royal Canin – producers of diet foods for pets – Max was selected to star in a Royal Canin’s 2014 calendar and both Rachel and Katie were presented with £500 worth of gift vouchers in recognition of their support and £1,000 worth of equipment vouchers were awarded to the vet practice.
A spokesman for Royal Canins said: “Obesity is detrimental to pets’ health and can substantially affect their quality and length of life. Choosing the right nutrition is key, along with a tailored exercise plan, regular monitoring and commitment from the owner.
“With the help of special diets, we can help owners like Rachel make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of their pets.”