Weight Loss Journey Of Obese 35 lb Cat
Symba the cat really is this gigantic — he’s a whopping 35 pounds. He may be the biggest you’ve seen. But the truth is that Symba has an enormously sad story to go with his massive size.
The 6-year-old cat recently lost his home when his former owner went into a nursing facility that doesn’t allow pets. The animal care workers at Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington adopted him. Symba’s new adopters are dedicated to getting him healthy by continuing on his current diet and exercise plan, and most importantly giving him the love and care he deserves so he can thrive long term. Staff figured the man was exaggerating when he estimated his cat’s weight at 40 pounds – until they met the 6-year-old meatball!
We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and well wishes for sweet Symba. We are even more thrilled that we were able to help Symba find a loving, new home today! Cat weighed in at 35 pounds – 15 pounds above his ideal weight of 18 – 20 pounds. A blood glucose check revealed that he has miraculously avoided ᴅɪᴀʙᴇᴛᴇs, but his excess weight is affecting him in other ways. This fat cat of Washington is currently healthy, it can only take a few steps before getting out of ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜ but needs to lose some 15 pounds in order to stay that way.
He is fed using food puzzles to slow him down and get him working for his meals. The staff will slowly initiate more physical activity as his health allows. For now, they are training him to take a few steps on a cat wheel.
He has a long way to go before reaching his goal weight. They are looking for an adopter who has a huge heart, along with the discipline to keep Symba to a pretty strict diet and exercise regimen.