Over the weekend, our cat Bilbo received his Delta Deluxe Pet Carrier from Amazon.com. According to the AirFrance guidelines, Bilbo is slightly over weight -- by a pound or two. He must be 11 pounds (with his carrying case) to ride with us in the plane. Over the past few weeks, we have tried to slim him down through a strict exercise regime of throwing toy mice bathed in cat nip across the living room. We've been as successful as getting him to exercise as I have been getting me to exercise! Let's just say he doesn't have a broad attention span. After a few tosses, he quickly retires to the comfort of his bed (See Exhibit "A"). I have visions of the fat American and her fat cat deboarding in Paris, fulfilling all the stereotypes. Interestingly, although not surprisingly, AirFrance has stricter weight guidelines for pets than the U.S. airlines. Perhaps Bilbo should take up smoking, that may help him slim down.
Bilbo . . . thinking of losing weight.