"Meow, the fat cat whose 39-pound girth helped raise awareness about obesity in pets, has died of lung failure.
The orange-and-white tabby was turned in to the Santa Fe, N.M., animal shelter last month and quickly made international headlines. At first, his story was played for laughs: The 2-year-old cat apparently favored hot dogs, and was so fat that he got stuck inside things. He barely fit into his animal carrier, and was likened to Puss in Boots from the `Shrek` movies.
But Meow`s weight underscored a growing problem: Pets in America are getting fatter -- just like their owners -- and all that extra weight can hasten death."
Los Angeles Times
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the vast majority of people don`t find fat folks attractive. However, fat pets, especially cats, are simply adorable.
I once had a 20-pound cat, BW, who loved getting on her back and pawing the air, it usually took her two or three attempts before she could get back on her feet again. Everybody loved BW, and she was always the center of attention whenever anybody came to my home.
But the truth is that BW was obese, and I should have put her on a diet. I`ve had a couple of felines since BW, and they both weighed no more than 12 pounds.
Meow was a superstar kitty, I instantly fell in love with her when I saw him on TV. When Meow`s elderly owner could no longer care for him, she took him to a shelter. The shelter placed Meow on a high-protein diet so he could lose a few pounds before he could be adopted.
Unfortunately, it was too late, carrying around all those extra pounds for so long took its toll, and Meow died of lung failure.
Adopt a kitty from your local shelter, love him, play with him, but for God`s sake don`t feed him too much.
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