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Meatball, a Phoenix feline, weighs 36 pounds (dropped off at animal shelter)
NY Daily News ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Deborah Hastings

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cat; cats; kittyping; meatball; overweightcat; petadoption
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He looks like a really sweet cat, large but healthy looking.

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.

1 posted on 01/30/2014 6:52:48 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kittyping


2 posted on 01/30/2014 6:53:06 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Link to video:

http://www.azfamily.com/news/36-pound-cat-is-biggest-Maricopa-Cty-Animal-Care—Control-has-ever-seen-242785541.html


3 posted on 01/30/2014 6:54:28 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Looks more like a meatloaf than a meatball.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 6:55:04 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Innovative

What the h- have people been feeding him? Twinkies?


5 posted on 01/30/2014 6:56:22 PM PST by servo1969
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To: Kirkwood

“oks more like a meatloaf than a meatball.”

LOL!

yes, but cute.


6 posted on 01/30/2014 6:56:36 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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8 posted on 01/30/2014 7:01:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Innovative

The cat was named by the Vietnamese restaurant owner who adopted it.


9 posted on 01/30/2014 7:01:59 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Innovative

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


10 posted on 01/30/2014 7:03:30 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Innovative

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.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 7:04:24 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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12 posted on 01/30/2014 7:05:19 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
Meatball, meet your new physical fitness trainer.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 7:06:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Cute! You may have a point there...

An active playmate would do wonders.


14 posted on 01/30/2014 7:08:23 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Poor fellow looks like he has a cataract or something wrong in one of his eyes as well.


15 posted on 01/30/2014 7:08:24 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Nifster

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.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 7:08:32 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Innovative

living large

cut off the ebt and all will be well


17 posted on 01/30/2014 7:11:28 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: ican'tbelieveit

People with hypothyroidism get thyroid supplements, maybe you can get some for your cat - proportionate dose for his size and weight, of course.


18 posted on 01/30/2014 7:12:06 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Kirkwood
Looks more like a meatloaf than a meatball


19 posted on 01/30/2014 7:12:11 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Innovative
fat cat photo: Fat Cat 671c4d8ejw1dq3bxzxu92g.gif

"Just a sec, I think I can get in there..."

20 posted on 01/30/2014 7:12:14 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Innovative

Reminds my of nyan cat


21 posted on 01/30/2014 7:12:18 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Fiji Hill

a tale of two kitties


22 posted on 01/30/2014 7:13:10 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: jiggyboy

“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.


23 posted on 01/30/2014 7:13:21 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Nifster

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.


24 posted on 01/30/2014 7:13:36 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Innovative

Been on them for almost 2 years now. His dose has him in normal hormone range... gains weight.


25 posted on 01/30/2014 7:17:55 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

“Been on them for almost 2 years now. His dose has him in normal hormone range... gains weight.”

Poor baby!


26 posted on 01/30/2014 7:29:11 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Kirkwood
Looks more like a meatloaf than a meatball.

GOOD one!!

27 posted on 01/30/2014 7:29:18 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Has he been checked for Cushing’s Disease? Even Thyroxin has no effect if that’s what it is.


28 posted on 01/30/2014 7:31:08 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Innovative; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..

29 posted on 01/30/2014 7:55:03 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Innovative
I saw this on the news and thought the same thing. It's not hard to keep a kitteh at a normal weight. You leave out quality dry food but you put it on a counter so they have to jump for it and also to keep the dogs from eating it and you only give the big guy a little bit of wet food. The weight will come off. Either the previous owners were cruel or they didn't know better and just kept feeding him the whole can of wet twice a day and didn't notice his zeppelin physique. I think the second option is probably what happened.

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.

30 posted on 01/30/2014 8:08:16 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Innovative

He is just a little bit overweight.

I hear he has a great personality though.

LOL!


31 posted on 01/30/2014 8:08:59 PM PST by Sapwolf (Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty. -Sowell)
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To: Innovative

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?


32 posted on 01/30/2014 8:10:05 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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He has quite a loud purr!

Did you notice how he was lying (rather possessively I might add) on his caretaker’s feet?


33 posted on 01/30/2014 8:10:35 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Innovative

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.


34 posted on 01/30/2014 8:19:20 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Innovative

ALF likes them well-marbled.


35 posted on 01/30/2014 8:21:53 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: thecodont

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.


36 posted on 01/30/2014 8:23:02 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Kirkwood
**I can see paradise by the dashboard light**


37 posted on 01/30/2014 8:24:30 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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38 posted on 01/30/2014 8:27:51 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: servo1969
What the h- have people been feeding him? Twinkies?

I think they were deep-fried Twinkies.
39 posted on 01/30/2014 8:33:26 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Innovative
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40 posted on 01/30/2014 8:34:47 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: Kirkwood

“Looks more like a meatloaf than a meatball.”

That’s great!!


41 posted on 01/30/2014 8:50:48 PM PST by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: Daffynition

I had to reply, since I was looking for the “like” button!

Poor fat kittys! They still need love!


42 posted on 01/30/2014 9:10:25 PM PST by jocon307
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I love them all too! Some while back there was a sweet story about a moggie from the UK who was having trouble squeezing herself thru the pet-flap.

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.

43 posted on 01/30/2014 9:40:59 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

While not rare such situations do happen. You are obviously a good owner


44 posted on 01/30/2014 9:47:04 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Daffynition

“...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!


45 posted on 01/30/2014 9:49:45 PM PST by jocon307
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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.


46 posted on 01/30/2014 10:30:01 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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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.


47 posted on 01/30/2014 10:38:16 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Innovative

He’s not fat! He’s fluffy.

I’d take him in a heartbeat poor baby.


48 posted on 01/31/2014 12:24:48 AM PST by Gefn (RIP Holly, April 1999-December 31, 2013 the best cat ever)
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To: Innovative; Slings and Arrows

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. :)


49 posted on 01/31/2014 4:04:05 AM PST by TheOldLady
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50 posted on 01/31/2014 4:07:50 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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