Garfield, a New York cat, is nearly 40 pounds and has been called the world’s fattest cat, easily squeezing Sponge Bob, who weighed a trim 39 pounds.
After his owner died, the overweight cat was adopted by the North Shore Animal League America, a Port Washington-based animal welfare center (died).
Garfield was as lethargic as his comic namesake, according to the organization, which posted photos of him on its official Facebook page.
“At nearly 40 pounds, Garfield just might just be the fattest cat on the planet,” the adoption agency said in a statement.
“He’s becoming a media sensation, much like the comic character whose name he bears.” However, they did emphasize that the animal’s size was not something to be praised.
Overweight animals, according to experts, might develop serious health concerns.
“Just like with humans, too much weight can cause serious health problems.
“It leads to diabetes, heart disease, joint, bone and ligament damage, high blood pressure, intolerance to heat, and more,” according to Mark Verdino, Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff at North Shore Animal League America.
Garfield is on a low-calorie diet and is receiving a lot of attention.
” That poor cat! I’m glad that they took it away from its owner and are helping it to lose weight and get back to being healthy.”
“I hope Garfield does well on the diet and doesn’t (pass away) before he gets to live a better life.”
“He’s a precious cat and I’m glad they are helping him. He may not like going on a diet but it will save his life. “
Before they can find him a new owner, the group is attempting to assist Garfield in losing weight.
Garfield, on the other hand, has lost an astonishing 1.5 pounds since May — and has almost entirely overcome his kibble addiction, opting instead for wet, grain-free, low-fat cat chow.