Just call him the real-life Garfield.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Phoenix recently got their hands on a 36-pound cat. That’s right, 36 pounds, which is the weight of many medium-sized dogs.
“Meatball” is such a fat cat, he can’t fit into the standard kitty kennels at the facility, so they’ve upgraded him to some spacious digs — an office.
Shockingly, he’s not even close to the record for largest cat. Himmy, who was 10 when he died of respiratory failure, weighed in at 46.8 pounds and held the Guinness World Record. And even if Meatball wanted to, he can’t break the record because Guinness no longer accepts new fat cat records because the organization didn’t want to encourage owners to beef up their pets.
Unfortunately, this extra large Meatball isn’t available for adoption, but the shelter is trying to find a rescue organization that helps overweight cats. Yes, there is such a thing.
“He is at risk for severe health issues and will need regular monitoring by a veterinarian and a prescribed diet,” MCACC spokeswoman Melissa Gable said in a news release.