At 36 pounds, Meatball is one fat cat
Updated On: Feb 01 2014 10:04:38 AM CST
In human vernacular, "fat cat" is a wealthy and privileged individual, according to Merriam-Webster.
In the feline world, it means Meatball, a 36-pound cat surrendered to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's East Valley Animal Care Center in Mesa, Ariz.
Meatball is "the biggest cat I have ever seen," said Melissa Gable of the MCACC.
Despite his size, the affectionate Meatball can walk, but the shelter's veterinary team said it is watching his health closely.
The shelter took in a 28-pound cat in August, and the largest cat on record was from Cairns, Queensland, which weighed in at 46 pounds, according to Guinness World Records.
MCACC staff said Meatball had apparently been shuffled from home to home before being brought to the shelter.
Meatball is so large, he can't comfortably fit in the shelter's regular cat kennels and is living in one of the administrative offices at MCACC's West Valley Animal Care Center in Phoenix.
MCACC staff said they are trying to find a spot with a rescue organization that specializes in overweight cats because of his risk for severe health issues, the need for constant monitoring and because he needs a special prescribed diet.
Meatball is not available for general adoption, the staff said.
Small plane goes down in Amity; 2 people taken to hospital
Bound bodies of 2 men found in Schuylkill River; 3rd hurt
Rollover accident snarls traffic on West Shore Bypass
School district loses millions in 'risky financial agreement'
Three pedestrians struck near Allentown Fairgrounds
2 arrested in deadly beating of Lehigh County man in OCMD
Basketball game leads to shooting, stabbing in South Allentown park
Boater charged in drowning deaths of 2 best friends
Man shoots and kills wife in New Jersey hospital
Amish horse-and-buggy occupants robbed at gunpoint