The Oregon Humane Society is trying to find a home for an adult 29 pound cat.
One of the largest cats ever seen by the staff of the Oregon Humane Society arrived at the shelter Thursday night.
At 29 pounds, the large but lovable male cat, named Stuie, is now seeking a home, as his previous owners have moved and his foster parent is no longer able to take care of him.
“Anyone will gain body weight when they consume more calories than they burn as fuel for energy,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director. “Obese cats are no laughing matter, and we will give a free case of low-calorie cat food and a laser pointer for exercise to whoever adopts Stuie,” added Harmon.
Approximately 53% of cats in America are considered to be overweight according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Overweight cats are being seen more frequently by veterinarians for various disorders and the number of obese pets is growing. Cats are at risk for a number of obesity-related disorders. In recent years, Feline Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes) has become almost a daily diagnosis in animal hospitals across America. Weight loss plans for cats need to be approached very carefully. Any cat that is overweight should have a physical exam performed by a veterinarian, including blood and urine tests.