Students plead for people to stop feeding their university cat

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Students plead for people to stop feeding their university cat



Cheeto, the ginger cat who hangs out around the Physics building, is looking more and more like a cheese puff (Picture: UC Davis College of Letters and Science)Students at the University of California, Davis, love their cat Cheeto, who they found as a skinny little kitten on campus.
The physics students were lucky enough to keep him as a communal cat who they now dote on.
But hey’ve noticed that their beloved feline is gaining a bit of weight, despite not upping his food supply.
The ginger cat has been noticeably getting more ‘plump’ and the students figure that other people have been giving Cheeto extra meals.
So now they’ve left posters around the university pleading others not to feed the friendly kitty who normally greets pupils and teachers by snuggling up around their legs.
They wrote: ‘He has become far too overweight and for his health, please do not feed him — no matter how much he begs!
‘And he will beg. Because he knows we are suckers!

He certainly is looking plump (Picture: UC Davis College of Letters and Science)‘We quite like this cat. He provides valuable emotional support when physics shatters our souls.’
Cheeto first turned up to the art building then made his way to the physics department.
Students joked that he made the journey because he ‘heard rumours of better accommodations and funding in physics’.
The creature has become a great source of comfort among the group but now they worry about his health.

Do you understand this graph? (Picture: UC Davis College of Letters and Science)They have a chart to regulate Cheeto’s eating habits, making sure a designated feeder is at hand at meal times.
But now with others giving him plenty to chow down, Cheeto is eating much more than usual. Whatever he doesn’t consume is being eaten by squirrels, ‘giving them heart disease,’ said the students.
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So, in typical science student fashion, the students drew up a chart, comparing Cheeto’s cross-section, squirrel heart disease risk, and the additional food given.
To provide a visual representation for the less science-y kids, they printed and annotated a diagram pointing out which stage of the feline body condition Cheeto is at.

That’s a bit easier to read (Picture: UC Davis College of Letters and Science)With Cheeto being on the heavier end of the scale, the students hope the images will encourage others to stop the extra meals and allow them to keep their kitty therapy going on campus.
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