This month saw the arrival at an animal shelter of a cat dubbed "Britain’s fattest". Workers at the shelter have set to work to help the cat shed some weight.
By, 23 Nov 2019
Four-year-old Paisley is not your normal cat. Weighing 9.5kgs, the cat is double the weight of a normal tabby. But Britain’s fattest cat is not a happy one. She can no longer groom herself, and her heart health has begun to suffer because of her enormous size.
She was handed over to staff of the Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre in West Sussex. Paisley’s owner, who in essence had maltreated the cat, admitted they could no longer cope with the poor animal.
Lack of exercise and poor diet
Paisley’s lack of exercise and shockingly poor diet had caused her to balloon.
Tania Marsh, deputy manager of the rescue centre told The Mirror, “When I saw Paisley I thought 'oh my goodness'. It took my breath away. She's the fattest cat I've ever seen.
"I've been with Cats Protection for 13 years and we get some cats on the larger side sometimes but nothing of this extent.
"We can only put it down to the quantity of food she was given. Paisley was loved with food if you like. She was a mainly indoor cat and didn't go outside that much so there was a lack of opportunity for exercise."
Workers at the shelter have since begun the task of bringing Paisley’s weight down. The cat is on a strict diet and not allowed any treats.
Volunteers at the shelter have already noticed a dramatic diminishing of Paisley’s bulk, according to reports. However, there is a long way to go, and the cat is still at risk of developing diabetes.
Ms March told The Mirror, “There are so many health risks that are coming her way because of her weight such as diabetes and heart problems.
"The cat food is specially formulated to have less calories and it allows them to feel fuller for longer so they don't feel hungry all the time."
Fortunately Paisley has already found a new forever home. As soon as she is better she can begin her new life.