Nice questions you’re asking.
I’ll stick to the ones based on animals and leave the questions of children and obesity up to ‘Big Sister’ (gag).
Ok, here’s one of the loves of my life.
Her name is/was Karlo - (When green iguana’s are young it’s terribly difficult to know if they’re masculine or feminine, so thus the Karlo).
When (now) Karlitta was around 10 months old she started to eat - and I mean EAT!
NO more finicky reptile here!
She just went nuts over her greens, and zucchini? I couldn’t get near her without being verily attacked when she smelled warm zucchini headed for
After a while I started to get worried. Dang but she was looking HUGE.
Not living in an area where there are any veterinarians for green iguanas I studies up on line.
Hmmm, maybe ‘he’ is a ‘she’ and getting ready to lay some eggs.
But really, come on, she was HUGE.
And for a good reason.
My tiny little lady dropped 32 - yes you read that correctly - 32 eggs - more than her own body weight.
She laid around 5, I thought that was that, until the next day and this is what she popped out with!
When she was finished I thought she was dead.
My point? SHE KNEW what she needed and if I’d of gone ahead and started reducing her calories I bet she’d not have made it alive out of her
first egg laying debut.
So, listen to your pets and follow your instincts and when possible always consult a vet.
If you feel your animal is ‘fat’ in an ‘unhealthy way’ - I’d suggest giving smaller amounts of food more often so your little ‘cuddly’
doesn’t feel too neglected.
And please, don’t live vicariously through your pet.
If you’ve got a weight problem deal with that on your own, don’t give your pet anything and everything it wants because you can’t have
everything and everything you want.
Fat as an animals choice? Why not. They have likes and dislikes just like we do. But we’re in a position to care and love them - that doesn’t
mean we have to mold them into an ‘idea’ pet but that doesn’t mean we should allow them to become so rotund they can’t chase a toy mouse or
retrieve a stick.
edit on 30-11-2010 by silo13 because: resize