40-lb Cat Surrendered at Animal Shelter

April 21, 2012 |

40 lb santa fe cat

Hard to believe, but Meow, a TWO-year-old tabby, weighs just under 40 lbs. He was surrendered to the Santa Fe Humane Society after his 87-year-old owner could no longer care for him.

How did he gain so much weight in just two years?

No one can be sure. But if with cats who don’t have other health problems it often starts when people feed their cats just one delicious thing, like meat or other food that’s not nutritionally balanced. Then the cat refuses to eat anything else and he piles on the pounds.

So there’s a special diet in Meow’s future. It’s important that he lose weight gradually so as not to introduce other health issues. He’s being tested to ensure he doesn’t have any health conditions that could be contributing to his heft.

Right now, he’s with a foster family, and after he loses ten pounds he’ll be put up for adoption. You can follow updates on his weight loss on the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Good luck, Meow!

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com. She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. Max says:

    I saw this dood on the news last night and I felt very bad for him. I love to eat, but I don’t think even I could eat that much. I’m glad his 87 year old owner realized he couldn’t properly care for him and now maybe someone who can will get to take him home.

    It also begs the question, who the heck gets a cat when they’re 85? Consider the odds, people…

  2. 78ruger says:

    Poor Meow cat. So fat. I, Ruger say that humans can get cats whatever age because humans live longer. This cat is only two so it was good that she gave him up. Unless this human has a family longevity thing that lets them live til they’re 100 or over. Some humans are able to live longer than that. Good luck Meow on your forever home. And someone should tell your new owners to hide any & all human food from you.

  3. RomeotheCat says:

    I had to go on a diet once, it is no fun! You can do it Meow!

  4. Tomi Tan says:

    I feel so bad for Meow! The poor kitty looks so uncomfortable! I wish there is something I can do but getting her to loose the weight is of primary importance! Good luck Meow and I hope you find a forever home soon! Keep those pounds off once you shed them! May you live a long, long life! ♥