Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has taken in its fattest cat ever – a 10kg monster moggy called Titan.
Battersea’s cattery team leader SuiLi Weight said: “Titan’s definitely been living up to his name in the past and enjoying the fat cat lifestyle, but his new found title is not one to be proud of.
“We have been putting Titan through Battersea bootcamp to help him shed a few pounds, including a special diet and encouraging him to exercise through lots of playtime. There’s still a long road ahead to train this heavyweight champ to maintain a more streamlined figure.
“His hefty weight, though comical to some, is a real health problem and may put off potential owners, who will have to work to help continue his weight loss.”
Over the past 12 months Battersea has taken in 16 cats classed as overweight on arrival. Current resident Zhu Zhu came into Battersea at 8.5kg and the charity recently rehomed Gizmo, who arrived weighing 9kg, putting them both in the morbidly obese category and at risk of a whole host of health problems.
SuiLi added: “It is understandable that people like to spoil their pets every once in a while, but we are not talking about the odd treat or two.
“Overweight cats like Titan, Zhu Zhu and Gizmo are obese due to over-feeding and under-exercising from owners who may not be aware they are doing anything wrong.
“The quality of life for these fat felines is very poor as they can struggle to play and even move as a normal cat would. We hope Titan and his portly pals are an exception and not part of a growing trend for fat felines in the future.
“We would advise any concerned owners to take their cat to a vet to check its size and speak to them about the recommended healthy weight for their cat.”