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There's no denying that Meow is one fat cat, heavier than most toddlers!
After his 87-year-old owner could no longer care for him, 2-year-old Meow was turned over to an animal shelter in southeast New Mexico. Upon seeing the massive cat, the local shelter moved the cat to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, according to the Huffington Post.
Just how Meow was able to gain 40 pounds in a mere two years remains a mystery but the gain is certainly astonishing knowing that adult cats typically weigh between seven and 12 pounds.
Meow has since been placed with a foster family where he will be put on a special diet to stimulate weight loss with the goal of losing at least 10 pounds before he is put up for adoption.
Although Meow is morbidly obese -- his weight at 40 pounds can be equated to a human weighing 600 pounds -- he is remarkably not the fattest cat around!
That record belongs to Himmy, a cat from Australia weighing in at a whopping 47 pounds!
The Guinness Book of World Records has stopped accepting applications for the record since they fear it may encourage people to overfeed their pets, putting the animals’ health at risk.
In that vane, the shelter is awaiting the results of Meow’s blood work to determine whether the cute chubby tabby has other health problems stemming from his weight.
Like humans, obese felines face extra pressure on the heart and joints, making it tough and painful for them to move and exercise, said shelter veterinarian Jennifer Steketee.
Yet, Meow’s team of helpers at the shelter are confident in the fat cat’s eventual weight loss and believe that his sweet demeanor and overall cuteness will certainly catch the eye of a loving companion.
Watch Meow's story below: