Meow, a big cat with an orange and white tabby coat, has a unique way of walking due to his weight. At two years old, he weighs almost 40 pounds, making him significantly larger than the average feline. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter has taken on the task of helping Meow lose weight and get back into shape. Meow’s previous owner, who is now 87 years old, could no longer care for him, so the cat was surrendered to a shelter in southeastern New Mexico. This shelter then reached out to the Santa Fe shelter for assistance.
Dr. Jennifer Steketee, a veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, held Meow, a sweet-looking two-year-old tabby, at the shelter a month before he passed away due to complications from his obesity. Although visibly obese, Meow’s appearance was not less than cute because of his innocent face. Meow was placed with a foster family to begin a special diet that would help him lose weight. The goal was for him to shed at least 10 pounds so he could be put up for adoption. The shelter plans to post updates on Meow’s weight loss progress on their Facebook page. It remains unclear how Meow was able to gain so much weight in just two years, as adult cats usually weigh between seven and twelve pounds. Feeding cats a single food item, such as meat, which is not nutritionally balanced, can lead to overeating and lead to unhealthy weight gain, according to Ben Swan, the shelter’s spokesperson.
Meow, a tabby cat who is two years old, has become quite the sensation as he weighs over 39 pounds at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in Santa Fe. Despite his weight, Meow is not the world’s heaviest cat, as that record belongs to an Australian tabby named Himmy who weighed almost 47 pounds. However, Guinness World Records has stopped accepting applications for this record due to concerns that it would promote overfeeding animals. Meow is currently undergoing blood tests to ensure that he does not have any underlying health problems. The shelter is working on developing a special diet for Meow, which will gradually help him lose weight. Extra weight on cats can cause similar health problems as it does in humans, such as heart and joint issues. Although Meow is sweet, he finds it challenging to play, and tires easily. The shelter is doing everything they can to help him.