Meow, the 39-pound fat cat who was in headlines just last week for his enormous size and weight loss plan, died over the weekend.
Meow could barely walk when his elderly owner brought him to the Santa Fe Humane Society, weighing in an astonishing 29 pounds – that’s about four times the normal, healthy weight of cats his breed.
“Clearly he was not fed a healthy diet, and way too much of it, and lacks a certain amount of willpower,” said Mary Martin, executive director of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society.
Meow was put on a high-protein, low-carb diet, hoping to lose about 10 pounds before being placed in a new home. Unfortunately, it was too late.
“We are devastated,” she said. “We were in a race against time to get the weight off Meow before he developed complications from his obesity, and we lost.”
Meow was only 2 years old.
This is a sad reminder that obesity cannot be ignored, even in pets, and it’s important for people to help their pets maintain the best health possible before it’s too late! Pets need a healthy, balanced diet just like people do. If you’re not responsible enough to feed your pets right, don’t have pets!
Photo credit:Ben Swan / Santa Fe Animal Shelter via AP