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Meow, a 2-year-old orange and white super-sized cat tips the scale at nearly 40 pounds, and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is on a mission to get the feline back into shape.

Meow’s 87-year-old owner could no longer take care of him, so the pet was turned over to a shelter in southeastern New Mexico that called the Santa Fe shelter for help.

“The thing with this cat is when you look at it, certainly it’s obese. You see that. But it’s a sweet looking cat. His face is very sweet. It’s just incredibly fat,” shelter spokesman Ben Swan said Friday.

Meow has been placed with a foster family. He’ll be on a special diet so he can start shedding some pounds. The goal is for him to lose at least 10 pounds so he can be put up for adoption.

The shelter plans to post updates on Meow’s weight loss on its Facebook page.

Meow is 2 years old and tips the scale at nearly 40 pounds

Meow is 2 years old and tips the scale at nearly 40 pounds

It’s not clear how the feline was able to gain so much weight in just two years. Adult cats typically weigh between 7 and 12 pounds.

“If you go online, you’ll see a lot of fat cats and these are people who have fed them just one thing, like meat or something that’s not nutritionally balanced,” Ben Swan said.

“Then the cat refuses to eat anything else and then they just get fatter and fatter and fatter.”

Meow has one thing going for him. He’s not the fattest cat out there.

That record belongs to Himmy, a tabby from Australia that weighed almost 47 pounds. The shelter said Guinness World Records has since stopped accepting applications for the record over concerns it would encourage people to overfeed their animals.

In Meow’s case, the shelter is awaiting blood test results to make sure he doesn’t have any additional health problems.

Shelter veterinarian Jennifer Steketee said the idea is for Meow to gradually lose weight by eating a special diet. He has already lost a couple of pounds since being turned in.

Jennifer Steketee said the dangers of feline obesity are not much different than they are for humans – extra pressure on the heart and joints.

Ben Swan said all the extra weight makes it tough for Meow to play. He had little interest in the super-sized toy mouse the shelter gave him when he first arrived and he couldn’t squeeze much more than his head into the carpeted ring attached to the shelter’s scratching post.

“He’s very sweet. He’s doing everything a normal cat would do except he loses his breath and tires easily,” Ben Swan said.

“We’re seeing what we can to do help him.”

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Walter, the fattest cat at the shelter, was adopted by a Portland, Oregon couple who were moved by his story of.

Walter is a seven-year-old grey and white cat, who tips the scales at a whopping 28 pounds.

Upon taking their new pet home, Colleen Sanders, 25, and Aaron Betancourth, 33, were given seemingly bizarre orders from the humane society – make sure Walter gains more weight.

Walter, who was brought to the shelter after his previous owner found out his new landlord at an assisted living home didn’t allow cats, stayed at the shelter for only a week.

His extreme weight makes it difficult for him to stand. However, the stress of a new environment caused the cat to lose several pounds during his stay.

Walter, the fattest cat at the shelter, was adopted by a Portland, Oregon couple who were moved by his story of

Walter, the fattest cat at the shelter, was adopted by a Portland, Oregon couple who were moved by his story of

The Oregon Humane Society says that before Walter starts his journey to become a leaner feline, he must first gain weight to avoid a potentially fatal disease.

Veterinarian Dr. Kristi Ellis says that with his new surroundings and a change in diet, Walter dropped three pounds in seven days at the shelter, a dangerous amount to lose so quickly.

Extreme, unhealthy weight loss puts the cat at risk of fatty liver disease.

Dr. Kristi Ellis told Walter’s new owners that he should be allowed to eat whatever he wants for the next two weeks, but come February should start a low-calorie diet, eating about 600 calories a day.

That amount should allow for a healthy weight loss. They hope to bring Walter down to a still respectable 18 pounds.

The diet – high in lean protein – was dubbed the “Catkins Diet”.

The average weight for a male house cat is between six and seven pounds.

Aaron Betancourth and Colleen Sanders became aware of the Walter’s story and instantly fell in love.

“He’s very cute, very sweet,” Colleen Saunders told KPTV.

“Obviously, his previous owner loved him, although they loved him in maybe the wrong way.”

Colleen Saunders said they’re looking forward to helping Walter manage his weight. They’ll also use a laser pointer to keep Walter up and moving.

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