In a disturbing trend, yet another obese orange tabby has arrived at a shelter, this time in Port Washington, NY.
Port Washington is not just famous as home to da grate Jeter Harris, but also as the headquarters of the North Shore Animal League who recently rescued a 40 lb orange tabby named Garfield.
Whether Garfield’s girth is attributable to lasagna or not, no one knows. His owner passed away and the ten-year-old cat’s not meowing.
“He’s so big, he’s like a dog. He actually has his own room,” said Devera Lynn, NSAL spokeswoman.
Garfield weighs just a bit more than Meow, the cat in New Mexico who died last month from respiratory complications related to his obesity. Like Meow, Garfield will be put on a diet and exercise plan. He needs to lose at least 20 lbs.
Morbid obesity in cats carries the same health risks as it does in humans including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and joint and mobility problems.
Not sure if your cat qualifies as obese?
The signs of obesity in cats are easy to see once you know what to look for. Make sure that its ribs are easily felt but not visibly protruding. Look at its tummy. If the stomach is hanging down between its legs, it is a good indication that the cat is overweight.
Your cat should be sporting an hourglass – not an apron, the name for a big belly on a cat. “I’ve had cats as patients that are so big their stomachs actually graze the ground,” says Dr. Verdino. And though this may help dust your hardwood floors, it’s no laughing matter and should be taken seriously – no matter how cute they look all fattened up.
Garfield is being moved to a foster home and has no shortage of adoption applicants ready to put him on a Biggest Loser program. Good luck, big guy!