Now THAT’S a fat cat! Puss named after lazy comic strip feline Garfield takes title of world’s biggest

  • He is now on low-calorie diet and is being encouraged to get active

By
Emma Reynolds

07:05 EST, 5 June 2012

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07:12 EST, 5 June 2012

Just days ago, a ginger Tom named Sponge Bob was labelled the world fattest cat, weighing in at an unbelievable 33lb.

Now another overweight puss has claimed the dubious honour, with New York-dwelling Garfield tipping the scales at nearly 40lbs.

Garfield loves nothing better than lying around and eating whatever food he can find – exactly like his lazy cartoon character namesake.

Podgy pet: Animal rescue centre worker Janet Ciminelli strains to lift chubby Garfield, who weighs almost 40llbs

Podgy pet: Animal rescue centre worker Janet Ciminelli strains to lift chubby Garfield, who weighs almost 40llbs

Garfield stretches out

Janet Ciminelli and Garfield

Ball of fluff: The cat is still relatively healthy, but struggles to move and is at risk of devloping serious health problems in the future

The full-figured feline was brought
into North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington, Long
Island, after his owner died.

Staff
put him on a low-calorie diet, cutting out all dry food in an effort to
emulate Sponge Bob’s success in losing 3lbs just a few months.

They
hope Garfield can lose around 2lbs a month, and are looking for a new
owner who is committed to helping him become healthy and active.

North Shore veterinarian Gerard Leheney said: ‘This is the fattest cat I have ever seen. My first reaction was astonishment.’

Garfield is relatively healthy but finds it difficult to move because his weight is putting strain on his hips.

Weight-watchers: Staff at the North Shore Animal League have put Garfield on a strict low-calorie diet and are trying to get him active

Weight-watchers: Staff at the North Shore Animal League have put Garfield on a strict low-calorie diet and are trying to get him active

Garfield is trying to shed 15 to 20lbs to improve his health

Janet Ciminelli and Garfield

Cat camp: Shelter workers hope Garfield can shed 15 to 20lbs to improve his health

Time for change: Garfield has taken the title of world's fattest cat from 33lb Sponge Bob, who recently succeeded in losing 3lb

Time for change: Garfield has taken the title of world’s fattest cat from 33lb Sponge Bob, who recently succeeded in losing 3lb

The shelter has warned that obesity in cats is extremely risky and can lead to diabetes, heart disease, joint, bone and ligament damage, high blood pressure and intolerance to heat.

Staff are trying to make 39.75lb Garfield more active by encouraging him to play with toys and a ball, and by picking him up and putting him down somewhere else, so he has to walk back to his original spot.

Garfield will soon be given over to a foster carer, while staff attempt to trace any next of kin to his former owner.

If no-one is found, he will be put up for adoption and given to a loving family who can spend time playing with him in their home, and keeping him on a low-calorie diet.

  • For more information about Garfield and other cats contact http://www.animalleague.org/

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Been kept in too often, should be in the garden hop, skipping and jumping!

That is disgusting. Over feeding your cat till it becomes obese is animal cruelty. I hope the RSPCA deal with you accordingly.
– Nicky Noo, London, 06/6/2012 00:56
How can the RSPCA do anything about it! The cat is in New York. Read the article and try to understand what it says.

I want a cat just like him!!!

That is disgusting. Over feeding your cat till it becomes obese is animal cruelty. I hope the RSPCA deal with you accordingly.

The story about the 60 stone teen people screamed child abuse but laugh at this ! This is animal abuse !

not funny…animal abuse, however ‘cute’

She ought to be ashamed of herself allowing the cat to get to that size! He should be taken from her looked after properly, she should be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

Treadmill!!!!!

Please stop publishing photographs of animal cruelty.

Shame on the individual who let this cat get into this state!

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