Another feline is becoming famous for his unhealthy waistline. Just months after the life and death of Meow, the 39-pound cat, became national news, a tubby tabby named SpongeBob has arrived in the headlines.
Similar to Meow, SpongeBob — who tipped the scales at 33 pounds — was taken to a shelter after his elderly owner could no longer care for him. But after two months, he’s been unable to find a new home because of his girth. “I think people are intimidated,” Kendra Mara, associate director of the Animal Haven shelter, told the New York Post. “They think they’ll need more space for him, but really they don’t.”
After a life of free feeding, SpongeBob has been put on a strict diet and has lost three pounds so far. “We eliminated dry food and put him on an exercise program,” Mara said. “Even if he just gets down to 24 or 25 pounds, that will make a huge difference on his body.”
Unfortunately Meow and SpongeBob are not novelties. A recent study found that a whopping 54 per cent of America’s pets are overweight or obese — a percentage that translates into 88.4 million cats and dogs who need to get healthy.
Here are a few other felines who drew attention for their girth. Some of their stories had happy endings, but as often is the case with a disease like obesity — some did not.
(All photos courtesy of Webvet.com)