Skip to comments.Meatball, a Phoenix feline, weighs 36 pounds (dropped off at animal shelter)
Posted on 01/30/2014 6:52:48 PM PST by Innovative
'Biggest cat I've ever seen,' as one animal control worker puts it, is now living at an Arizona animal shelter. Meatball is affectionate, but needs placement at an overweight animal facility and isn't eligible for adoption.
He arrived at the Arizona animal shelter after being shuffled from home to home, according to KTVK-TV in Phoenix.
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What kind of nonsense is that he is not eligible for adoption, when what he really needs is exactly a loving, patient home where they would help him lose weight and stay healthy.
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Looks more like a meatloaf than a meatball.
What the h- have people been feeding him? Twinkies?
“oks more like a meatloaf than a meatball.”
yes, but cute.
The cat was named by the Vietnamese restaurant owner who adopted it.
Whoever his previous owner was treated this cat cruelly. There is nothing cute about feeding an animal until they are this obese.
He is such a good looking cat. Hope he gets a new home that will treat him like a cat
What is their problem with a proper placement? Michelle Obama knows all about fat - she could slim up this cat - send the cat now - problem solved.
Cute! You may have a point there...
An active playmate would do wonders.
Poor fellow looks like he has a cataract or something wrong in one of his eyes as well.
We have a chi with hypothyroidism that we have essentially starved to death for the last 2.5 years since we adopted him. He was extremely overweight when we brought him home to begin with, but undiagnosed on his health problems. He has continued to gain weight even with every precaution to limit his food intake, exercising him.
Three other dogs we have are perfectly normal weights. Sometimes it happens.
cut off the ebt and all will be well
People with hypothyroidism get thyroid supplements, maybe you can get some for your cat - proportionate dose for his size and weight, of course.
Reminds my of nyan cat
a tale of two kitties
“Poor fellow looks like he has a cataract or something wrong in one of his eyes as well.”
You are very observant.
He definitely needs a good home where they would take him for diagnosis and treatment of whatever things are wrong with him.
You’re right. Abuse can come in all forms — starvation, AND over-feeding. He looks like a beauty and hopefully, with proper care, will have a healthy long life.
Been on them for almost 2 years now. His dose has him in normal hormone range... gains weight.
“Been on them for almost 2 years now. His dose has him in normal hormone range... gains weight.”
Has he been checked for Cushing’s Disease? Even Thyroxin has no effect if that’s what it is.
As someone mentioned, he has what looks like a cataract in his eye. I had two kittehs that had eye problems but there's an awesome feline eye Doctor in town who helped both of our kittehs and one had had the problem for 6 months and the regular vet could do nothing and the eye actually looked abraded. A single drop of prednisolone twice daily cleared it up quickly and we just give him a drop a week to keep his eye healthy. I felt bad for the kitteh, I don't like when an eyelash is in my eye and he had to put up with a much worse problem for 6 months and it turned out to be an autoimmune problem.
I'd take this guy in a heartbeat.
He is just a little bit overweight.
I hear he has a great personality though.
He needs a very carefully managed weight loss plan. If cats lose weight too quickly, they can develop fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease can be rapidly fatal.
Also, I wonder what is with the little fellow’s eye? Is that repairable?
He has quite a loud purr!
Did you notice how he was lying (rather possessively I might add) on his caretaker’s feet?
Regarding the eye looking cloudy I’ve seen kitties like that in the shelter. I was told it resulted from an eye infection which was cured and the cat can see just fine with it.
ALF likes them well-marbled.
I didn’t notice his purr until you mentioned it and I went back to the video. I’ve got a kitteh with a loud purr and it’s awesome, it rocks me to sleep.
He’s definitely possessive. I’d take him in a heartbeat. The only problem is my dresser is next to my bed and my kitteh likes to jump from there to my chest when I’m sleeping. I can’t imagine a 36 pound kitteh plopping on my chest, I’d have a heart attack.
“Looks more like a meatloaf than a meatball.”
I had to reply, since I was looking for the “like” button!
Poor fat kittys! They still need love!
And another tale about an overweight cat and the owner was fearful that the humane society was going to take her away from her family b/c of her over-weight.
While not rare such situations do happen. You are obviously a good owner
“...the owner was fearful that the humane society was going to take her away from her family b/c of her over-weight.”
Sad to say that fear is not entirely misplaced!
A little off topic, but you might like this story.
I had a great old cat, he had many names over the years, but we ended up calling him Normy. He was a big old professional mouser and I loved that cat to death. But the funny thing about Normy was that any young cat that lived with him never really grew.....they just stayed kitten-sized.
We used to joke and say Normy stole their growth hormones.
But I finally found out that it was really true. We had a kitten that my friend gave to my daughter. Flower was a perpetual kitten, I used to think about buying her kitten food, but then I’d think...wait this cat is 5 years old, 10 years old, etc. (Flower lived to be 19 years old, rest her kitty-cat soul.)
But years and years later I saw 2 of her litter mates, and they were normal, large middle aged cats.
It really was true, Normy stole her growth hormones!
That’s a great cat tale.
We had a one-in-a-lifetime-cat who was devoted to us. *Had* to be with you at all costs. She slept on the bed....under the quilt, in the same spot, every night, w/out fail. She gave birth to 2 jet black kittens on Halloween day... One of her offspring....who never spent any time on our bed..., a couple of years later, had a litter of identical twin cats, on Halloween day under the quilt, on the exact same spot she was born. Go figure.
These twins were identical in B&W markings, but one was long-haired....the other short-haired. We kept them both b/c they were so unique.
Very cool! That is odd that one would be long haired and the the other sort. Love cats, I think they really do know the mysteries of the universe.
He’s not fat! He’s fluffy.
I’d take him in a heartbeat poor baby.
Weight loss for a cat must be monitored carefully. If they lose too fast, it can irreparably damage their kidneys. I wouldn’t
even attempt it, and it must be done by a veterinarian who knows precisely how to accomplish it without harming the cat.
Thanks for all the pings, Slings. :)