A cat and water for exercise sound like a recipe for disaster, but not when it comes to Holly, a cat in Northern Virginia.
The 13-year-old cat is not afraid to jump in the water as she tries to shed the nearly eight pounds from her 18-pound frame that experts have advised her owners she needs to lose.
Holly began swimming laps in the indoor pool at the Olde Towne Pet Resort in Dulles, Va., in May after her owner, Dani Lawhorne, became concerned that she was not active enough. Lawhorne, who works at Olde Towne, an upscale pet resort and boarding facility, noticed that Holly didn't mind taking a bath so thought maybe she could use the pool to cure her couch-potato cat.
"Over time she put two and two together and thought, 'I wonder what would happen, since she's comfortable in bath water, if I placed her in the pool,'" said Mayra Ruiz-McPherson, a publicist for Olde Towne who was the first to notice the unusual sight.
"The experiment was a success," she said. "I cameRead More »from Cat Jumps in the Deep End to Lose Weight