Pets are like children… no two are alike. That is the story of Ricky and Teddy. It was almost 19 years ago that Ricky and Teddy came into our lives. At the time our family was about to move into our new home and with the increased space, we indulged our 11 year old daughter Dana with 2 new kittens. Ricky and Teddy were not natural brothers but they were brothers at heart (as they were both nursed by Teddy’s mother), but that’s where the similarities ended.

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Ricky and Teddy… Brothers and Bookends!

Personalities of Their Own

As our little kittens began their journey into young adulthood, their differences immediately became apparent. Below are some of the differences we quickly began to notice. If you’re a pet owner, you will likely recognize some of these behaviors.

  1. Feeding Time – right away, it was obvious who the big eater was. Ricky is a ravenous eater who inhales his food the minute you put it out. He is also quick to steal Teddy’s food whenever he gets the chance. Teddy, on the other hand, is a classic grazer. Teddy takes a few bites, walks away, then looks for a few more bites every hour or so. Feeding time became a chore as we would always try to keep Ricky away from Teddy’s food.
  2. Play Time – we realized right away that Ricky behaved more like a dog. Ricky loves to play fetch and is always looking for attention. Teddy displays cat behaviors that you always hear about like playing with feather toys and laser pointers. He also is less of an attention seeker and enjoys his solitude.
  3. Affection Time – another major difference between Ricky and Teddy is the amount of affection they need. Ricky absolutely lives for cuddling and being petted. He constantly bunts (face to face contact) and has a move where he ‘paws’ you when not receiving your full attention. Teddy likes to be affectionate too but only on his terms. Face to face contact is a no-no but neck rubs are appreciated. And Teddy can go days without asking for affection.
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PetTrax data and Ricky’s weight loss journey

Adulthood and PetTrax

As the years passed, Ricky and Teddy’s differences remained steady. As a result of Ricky’s ravenous eating behavior, he became an overweight adult cat. This caused Ricky to develop early onset arthritis and pancreatitis. It was around this time that I decided to develop a pet feeding and monitoring system that could control the amount of calories that Ricky ate each day and log all activity to be used to determine potential health issues. The pet feeding and monitoring system would also allow Teddy to eat at his pace without the worry of Ricky stealing his food. The solution was so successful that I decided to found the company PetTrax.

Once the PetTrax system was developed, we immediately put Ricky on the PetTrax Weight Loss Program. Check out the graph of Ricky’s first year. Just by feeding him smaller portions more times per day and also limiting his calorie intake, Ricky was able to transition from an overweight 15 pound cat to a healthy weight 12 pound cat.

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Dana and I with Ricky and Teddy… before and after.

Our Senior Cats

Ricky and Teddy are both approaching their 19th birthdays. Our daughter Dana is now 30 years old and married with a dog and 2 cats of her own but she just loves her regular reunions with Ricky and Teddy. These little guys are not quite as spry as they used to be but still bring us so much love and joy each day. We just couldn’t imagine the past 19 years without our furry little family members. Check out your local pet adoption centers and see if a dog or cat is in your future.

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