Meet Garfield, a hefty feline hailing from the big apple, who tips the scales at almost 40 pounds. This impressive size has earned him the title of the world’s heaviest cat, surpassing Sponge Bob by just one pound.
An animal welfare shelter called North Shore Animal League America recently adopted an obese cat named Garfield after his previous owner passed away. The organization posted photos of Garfield on their Facebook page, noting that he was just as lazy as the cartoon character he was named after. Although the shelter acknowledged that Garfield’s weight made him a media sensation, they made it clear that being overweight was not admirable and could lead to health issues for animals. Veterinarians have warned about the potential negative consequences of obesity in pets.
Similar to humans, excessive weight in pets can result in various health issues. These include diabetes, heart disease, joint, bone and ligament damage, high blood pressure, tolerance issues to heat, and other complications. North Shore Animal League America’s Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff, Mark Verdino, highlighted these health risks. To address Garfield’s weight concerns, he is currently receiving extensive care and adhering to a low-calorie diet plan.
Oh my goodness, that cat is really struggling with its weight! It’s a good thing that the organization took it away from its former owner and is now working to get it back to a healthy state. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Garfield will succeed in losing weight and won’t suffer any health setbacks before he can start a new, better life. He’s such a precious cat, and it’s heartening to see that there are people out there who care enough to help him. Even if he doesn’t enjoy being put on a diet, it’s a necessary step towards preserving his health and ensuring his continued well-being.
Despite not receiving any special attention, Garfield has succeeded in losing an impressive 1.5lbs since May. In addition, he has overcome his addiction to kibble and now prefers wet, low-fat cat food that is also grain-free.