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RIP, Meow: Cat Who Gained Fame Loses His Battle for a New Lease On Life

Help came too late for the extra large cat named Meow, who, sadly, passed away from heart failure on Saturday.

Meow, at the end of April, 2012

Meow, the sweet and exceptionally large boy who came to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society in April, weighing in at over 39 pounds, sadly passed away Saturday afternoon from pulmonary failure. Meow made headlines for his great size, his story became well known to the online community of animal lovers, then he gained greater fame after visits to the Today Show and Anderson Cooper’s talk show program.

After his initial intake examinations, Meow was placed into foster care. He was placed on a diet chosen to help him maintain proper nutrition while losing weight at a healthful rate, and he had lost a few pounds. After slimming down a bit, Meow went from barely being able to walk more than a few steps without tiring himself out, to being able to walk up stairs. When Meow’s story first became known, everyone was surprised to learn that the gigantic cat was only two years old, but he was later discovered to be about five. Even as a five year old cat, the sweet boy had become unhealthfully enormous while still relatively young, while those extra three years added on to his age meant more damage done to his overall health.

Things went downhill by Thursday of last week, when Meow’s scheduled weigh-in was postponed due to wheezing, which his primary care vet, Dr. Jennifer Steketee, initially thought might be asthma associated with his weight. When he did not respond to treatment to ease his breathing, Dr. Jen sought help from the shelter’s emergency specialty hospital and a private veterinary hospital. None of the vets’ efforts to help Meow and stem the progress of what turned out to be heart failure were able to save him.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society said on their Facebook page that, while they are saddened at Meow’s passing, especially after he’d made such wonderful progress, they are grateful for the way his story has raised awareness about the problem of pet obesity, and has highlighted the good work done for animals by many shelters across the country.

Beyond Meow’s great size, most saw the face of a sweet and beautiful boy who was on the verge of getting a wonderful new lease on life. We are truly saddened to learn of his passing.

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  • May 7, 2012 1:35 pmPosted 3 years ago

    This is so sad. I’m glad that Meow was on his way to feeling better at least, but it is very sad that he was in such poor health due to his obesity.

    I hope people keep this in mind and keep their pets healthy. Sorry sweet boy!

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    May 7, 2012 3:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anne McQuiston

    So sorry that you were not able to be someone’s pet and live a nice life with them. You were a very beautiful and gorgeous looking cat and you will be missed awhole lot also.

  • May 8, 2012 11:43 amPosted 3 years ago

    Such a sad ending to the life of a beautiful cat. I was so hoping he’d come through his ordeal with a new lease on life. I guess God needed another angel… RIP beautiful boy.

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    July 13, 2012 7:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Donna Lusthoff

    Awe-poor Meow. It’s sad. The Very Large kitty was seemingly progressing with a healthy diet to loose weight at a safe rate. He lost a few pounds and his walking changed from a couple of steps to actually climbing stairs. Sadly, it was time for Meow to go to the Rainbow Bridge. Fly with your Angels and I’ll meet you at the bridge someday.


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