Furiends, the human tells me there are other humans sharing pictures of felines they call chonkers. Many humans think fat cats are cute. But when we felines get too big, we are at risk of many diseases, including the one that I battle, diabetes. Overweight cats are also at higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, hepatic lipidosis, and urinary tract infections, among other things.
The Animal Care Centers of New York City received a 41 pound cat named Barsik. His humans were leaving town, and they surrendered Barsik to the facility. He is so big that the facility did not have a cage for him, and put him in an office.
“Barsik is really sweet,” said one of the humans at the shelter. ” He’s clearly uncomfortable and doesn’t like to be lifted, as you can imagine. That, combined with the new environment, would make anyone cranky, but he’s not cranky at all. The longer humans have interacted with him, the easier it has become to care for him.”
Because of his obesity, Barsik is on a special, regulated diet. The human feeds Koji and me and all of the other cats he cares for twice a day. We nom when we are hungry and the human lets us nom when we want.
Barsik gets several small meals throughout the day. That way, he does not overeat.
Anjellicle Cats Rescue learned about Barsik, and they agreed to move him to a foster home so that he could get more attention. Barsik will go to the white coated humans so they can develop a weight loss plan and make sure there are no other issues with his health. Once he gets on the path to a healthy weight, they will make him available for adoption.
I hope that Barsik trims down soon, because he cannot be very happy being so big!