RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A 37-pound kitty has been brought to the Riverside Cat Hospital with a medical condition.
The hospital staff say they’ve never seen a cat this large. Cats generally weigh between 8-10 pounds.
“This is the heaviest cat I have seen by far in my 10 year veterinary career,” said Dr. Nichole Agarwal, of the Riverside Cat Hospital (11411 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, 92505)
The cat’s nickname? Biggie, of course. He’s described as “very sweet and docile.”
“Cats with this level of obesity have a much higher propensity for many diseases such as diabetes and lower urinary tract disease,” Dr. Agarwal added.
Cats this big are also candidates for pancreatitis, arthritis and other conditions. Cats also can’t lose the weight too quickly either of they can develop a condition known as “Fatty Liver Syndrome,” says the doctor.
The hospital says the cat’s owner could no longer care for her and was considering euthanasia. The hospital decided to step in and Dr. Agarwal also decided to adopt the big cat.
Dr. Agarwal and the hospital plan to document the kitty’s journey back to good health on their Facebook page.
For more information about the hospital, go to their website.