A 12kg “monster moggy” has arrived at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home weighing three times its recommended weight.
Concerned staff are desperately trying to help the morbidly obese cat, named Texas, shift the pounds in the countdown to Christmas.
The tabby and white feline was heaved into the rescue centre weighing 26 pounds.
SuiLi Weight, Battersea’s Cattery team leader, said: “Many people may be starting to think about losing a few pounds in the countdown to Christmas, but for Texas this really is a very serious health issue he’s battling.
“At Battersea we take in around 3,000 cats every year, so we see cats of all shapes and sizes, but Texas is by far the biggest cat
we’ve ever seen.
“We have had to specially kit out his pen with a double staircase up to his bed and extra bedding to make sure he is comfortable. Some people might think it’s funny to see a cat this big, but it is in fact extremely sad to see an animal that is suffering so badly.”
Texas was brought into Battersea after his owner passed away and the cat will now be put on an intense weight loss programme to help him shift the pounds. He has now been moved to a home with foster carers where he will have more room to move around and exercise.
SuiLi added: “Overfeeding your cat is a form of cruelty. You may think you are showing it love by giving it treats and feeding it human foods, but it’s in fact an incredibly cruel thing to do in the long run.”