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Humans have a set weight point, right? Which varies from person to person. And different caloric and nutritional needs, and different metabolisms. All of which is basically a long way to say that if you see someone who looks over- or underweight, you can't necessarily assume anything about their diet or overall health.

But somehow, when it comes to pets, there's a weight range that they're 'supposed' to be, and if they're above or below those numbers you are perfectly justified, nay urged, to put them on a special diet to get their weight within that range.

What's the difference? If I'm healthier weighing differently than my BMI says I'm supposed to, might that not also be the case for a pet? Or if we take the corollary of 'it's okay to put your pet on a special diet', would that imply that it's our duty to put people, especially children, on diets too?

I'm currently catsitting for my housemates, which is almost identical to what I usually do except that now I'm also taking care of his food and water and litter for a week. He's currently on a diet because last time he went to the vet he was about a pound and a half over the maximum healthy weight for his breed. And one of the things that stood out while Male Housemate was explaining to me how much food and water to give to the cat was his mentioning that the cat is drinking more water than he used to. And the thought that passed through my mind was 'isn't that what people on diets do to make themselves less hungry?'. I dunno. Maybe the extra pound and a half is associated with drastically higher rates of Bad Things, but if it causes him to be hungry all the time there's a quality of life argument there.

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