37-pound cat: A morbidly obese, 37-pound cat is in need of an owner who will keep him on a strict diet.
An animal shelter near St. Louis is looking to find a home for a 37-pound cat, it was reported. Biscuit, the cat is about 25 pounds overweight, as a normal adult cat weights between 10 and 15 pounds.
“Once a day we give him one and a quarter cups of food—diet food,” Teresa Gilley, an animal control officer at the St. Charles Animal Control shelter in Missouri, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She said she believes the cat is around 4.
When Biscuit got to the shelter, it could not take even a few steps without breathing heavily. He can now walk behind the counter, the paper said.
“The other day I went into the office, and he was up in the chair,” Gilley added. “So he was able to jump pretty high.”
In a previous report, Gilley said Biscuit’s owner was a disabled woman who gave him lots of treats, but she gave him up around a year ago because she couldn’t take care of him.
“She didn’t mean the cat any harm,” said Gilley. “I just think she didn’t know any better.”
Another woman took the cat, but moved to a place whose owners did not allow pets.
Gilley said Biscuit needs an owner who will keep him on a strict diet. “He’s sweet and loving, and if you talk to him, he’ll talk back,” she told the paper.
Guinness World Records officials said they do not monitor cats based on their weight, adding that there is no record-holder.
Last year, there were reports of New York City-area cat, named Garfield, that weighed over 40 pounds. According to reports in June, shelter workers hoped the cat could lose 2 pounds per month.
In May 2012, a cat named Meow, which weighed 39 pounds, died from complications related to obesity.
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