See Overweight Cat on Underwater Treadmill

Sometimes when cats and dogs get animal obesity, regular walking can become too hard on their joints and back. You can't just put them on a regular treadmill. So there are underwater treadmills. The buoyancy of the water makes it easier. Underwater treadmills are more often used for dogs, but sometimes cats do use them, because they love exercise and water.

His eyes. They tell you it's working.

To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, when you shelter and feed and adore a dog, it will come to believe that you're God. Do the same for a cat and it will believe that it is God. This is like the old parable where God walked on the underwater treadmill.

Even non-obese cats who are 16 years-old and need rehab can use hydrotherapy.

"Before Coco came for treatment, she was finding it difficult to do the normal cat activities, like jumping up on work surfaces."

Presented by

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

Video

What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

More in Health

Just In