据英国《每日邮报》1月16日报道,一只名叫查理(Charlie)的11岁英国短毛猫由于过度肥胖,体重增至原来的两倍,目前已通过游泳成功减掉4磅(约1.8公斤)。

许多猫对游泳池唯恐避之不及,但查理却十分喜爱泳池,并且每次的游泳时长达45分钟。如今查理已经可以在45分钟内游完12个泳池的长度。

Show most cats a swimming pool and they’ll run a mile. Charlie on the other hand is so keen on water he’s happy to dive in and paddle in his buoyancy vest for 45 minutes at a time.

However, there is method in his feline madness – he is trying to shed pounds after ballooning to double the weight he should be.

The 11-year-old British shorthair was adopted by the Eyres family as a companion to Rosalyn, 84, after her husband died.

据悉,查理被艾尔斯(Eyres)一家收养,是84岁罗莎琳(Rosalyn)的好伙伴。当艾尔斯的孙女罗宾带查理去做检查时,她发现查理体重超标。家人们为它买了减肥食品,但效果不佳。艾尔斯听从兽医建议,将它带到一个狗狗专用的水疗中心。令她惊喜的是查理在水里感到十分舒适。

But when Mrs Eyres’ granddaughter Robyn, 30, took him to the vet in Plymouth, she discovered the family’s new pet was obese.

She was told that Charlie needed to slim down to between seven and nine pounds after he piled on weight nearly a year ago.

But the family’s efforts failed after he developed a taste for the slimming food that they bought for him and he chose to lounge around at home under the furniture.

Miss Eyres then took the cat to the nearby K9 Splash Hydrotherapy centre, usually only used by dogs, after the vet suggested it.

艾尔斯说:“查理的变化是显而易见的。它比以前更有自信,也不再像以前那样总是在房子附近懒洋洋地躺着。”人们通常认为大多数猫不喜欢水,这是因为毛发变湿会让它们有负重感。但也可能是因为它们从未体验过,而且猫在水里很容易感到紧张。

To her surprise Charlie took to the water with ease and can now complete 12 lengths in 45 minutes with breaks to make sure his heart rate doesn’t rise too high.

He is particularly strong on his front paws so a hydrotherapist supports his hind legs. Now he has managed to shed four of the seven pounds he needs to lose.

Miss Eyres, a support worker, said: ‘Usually if a cat was in water it would scramble around to get out, but not Charlie. He does a sort of doggy paddle.’

She added: ‘The change in Charlie is really quite clear as well – he’s a lot more confident around the house and doesn’t lie around nearly as much as he used to.’

It is thought most cats don’t like water because wet fur can weigh them down. But it may simply be that they’ve never experienced it before, and cats can be quite nervous.