SARASOTA, Fla. - UPDATE: A corpulent tabby named Tiger found a new home Thursday after news reports aired about its former owner, who moved into an assisted living facility.
A corpulent tabby named Tiger is in need of a new home after its owner had to move into an assisted living facility. In the meantime, the 35-pound cat is becoming acquainted with weight watchers.
The goal is to lose a pound per month.
Amazingly, Tiger has no health issues, but has difficulty walking and can only take a few steps at a time (see video below).
"Tiger may be close to breaking a world record for biggest cat, but this is no laughing matter," said Shelley Thayer, executive director, Cat Depot in a news release.. "Health risks of obesity are real. It contributes to medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung disease, and high blood pressure."
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of all house cats in the US are overweight or obese. A typical domestic cat should weight 8 - 10 pounds.
Cat Depot supports more than 130 cats and kittens on any given day, the non-profit organization said in the release..
If you're interested in adopting Tiger, Cat Depot is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handicap accessible. Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th Street, Sarasota, Fla. 34234 ( http://www.catdepot.org or call 941.366.2404).