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Battersea's Mammoth Moggy Weighs in at 10KG

13 June 2014
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

UK - Weighing in at 10kg, Titan was recently crowned the fattest cat on record at Battersea, marking a recent spate of morbidly obese felines narrowly fitting through the doors.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is used to taking in cats of all shapes and sizes, with an average of 250 cats across their three centres at one time.

fat cat, overweightHowever, staff were in for a shock when the nine-year-old black feline came in weighing over double the recommended weight for a domestic short-haired cat of his size.

SuiLi Weight, Battersea’s Cattery Team Leader, said: “Titan’s definitely been living up to his name in the past and enjoying the fat-cat lifestyle but his new found title is not one to be proud of.

"We have been putting Titan through Battersea Bootcamp to help him shed a few pounds, including a special diet and encouraging him to exercise through lots of playtime.

"There’s still a long road ahead to train this heavy-weight champ to maintain a more streamlined figure. His hefty weight, though comical to some, is a real health problem and may put off potential owners who will have to work to help continue his weight loss."

Although Titan is unrivalled in his significant stature, over the last 12 months Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has taken in 16 cats classed as overweight on arrival.

Current resident Zhu Zhu came into Battersea at 8.5kgs and we recently rehomed Gizmo who arrived weighing 9kgs, putting them both in the morbidly obese category and at risk of a whole host of health problems.

SuiLi added: “It is understandable that people like to spoil their pets every once in a while, but we are not talking about the odd treat or two. Overweight cats like Titan, ZhuZhu and Gizmo are obese due to over-feeding and under-exercising from owners who may not be aware they are doing anything wrong.

“The quality of life for these fat felines is very poor as they can struggle to play and even move as a normal cat would.

"We hope that Titan and his portly pals are an exception and not part of a growing trend for fat felines in the future. We would advise any concerned owners to take their cat to the vet to check their size and to speak to them about the recommended healthy weight for their cat."

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