The obese feline is now on a strict diet and exercise plan

Staff at New Brunswick, Canada’s Fredericton SPCA had a big surprise recently.

A severely obese cat brought into the shelter by an animal control officer weighed in at a whopping 38 lbs. — the size of a small child.

“She completely filled the cage,” Fredericton SPCA supervisor, Andrea Stone, said in a press release. “I was very worried for this cat. I didn’t think she would survive.”

Acting as quickly as they could, the cat was taken to the Hometown Veterinary Hospital for treatment and named Tina, in a nod to a similar case of feline obesity that occurred there in 2012 with a cat named Tiny. She’s currently residing at the hospital and is stable for now.

“Tina has been doing well medically since she joined us. She has lost a few pounds and she seems to be adjusting well to her new diet and exercise regimen,” said Dr. Chelsie Armstrong, one of Tina’s primary caregivers.

Tina’s weight-loss process will be slow, the only safe way for a cat to lose weight. “Tina has a long road to recovery ahead of her and we have to closely monitor her health during her weight loss,” said Armstrong, adding, “She is on track to becoming a healthy cat once again!”

The FSPCA’s director of operations, Annette James, hopes the cat’s shocking size will shine a light on pet obesity, which plagues animals everywhere.

“Pet owners need to understand that obesity threatens to cut short an animal’s life and is actually a form of neglect in that paying attention to diet is important to health and happiness,” she said in a statement. “Tina’s weight and her inability to clean herself have also resulted in other serious and distressful physical side effects.”

The cat’s care will also be quite costly, James added, but “She’s worth it. She’s beautiful with a delightful personality in spite of her pain and discomfort.”

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