Huge Cat Finds Its Way to Animal Shelter

Now 'Meow,' 39 pounds, needs a home
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2012 3:18 PM CDT
This photo provided by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter shows Meow.   (AP Photo/Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Ben Swan)
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(Newser) – If you need some companionship—and you have room in your apartment for a cat who is basically the size of a toddler—consider adopting 2-year-old Meow, who was dropped off at a rural shelter in Roswell, NM, recently. That shelter—overwhelmed with Meow's girth—turned him over to the Santa Fe shelter, which quickly put the 39-pound tabby on a diet. Meow's 87-year-old owner gave him up because she could no longer take care of him, the Los Angeles Times explains.

"He thinks he’s smaller than he is and tries to get inside things much tinier than his girth," says the shelter's executive director. In fact, he barely fits in his carrier, has gotten caught in cat doors, and can't play for too long without winding himself—he is, after all, the equivalent of a 600-pound human. " A few potential adopters have already expressed interest, she says, but first, "we’d like to get 10 pounds off him."

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