When 2-year-old Meow became too much to handle for his 87-year-old owner, he was turned over to a shelter for much needed help. The reason for the abandonment? This cat weighs nearly 40 pounds, the equivalent of a 660-pound person.
“The thing with this cat is when you look at it, certainly it’s obese. You see that. But it’s a sweet looking cat. His face is very sweet. It’s just incredibly fat,” shelter spokesman Ben Swan explains.
There’s no explanation as to how the cat managed to gain this much weight, but the shelter tries to explain a possible cause. “If you go online, you’ll see a lot of fat cats and these are people who have fed them just one thing, like meat or something that’s not nutritionally balanced,” Swan added. “Then the cat refuses to eat anything else and then they just get fatter and fatter and fatter.”
Due to his weight, Meow loses breath and tires easily. He’s been refusing to play with the toys provided by the shelter and can’t fit in the sizable ring provided in the shelter’s play area.
Meow has since been placed with a foster family. He also started on a special diet which is helping him slowly lose a few inches.
Despite his huge size, Meow does not hold the world record for the world’s largest cat. Aussie cat Himmy takes those honors, weighing in at 47 pounds.