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Update on 41 Pound Cat Skinny: Vet Says He is a She

Buckingham Plano Road Veterinary Clinic photo

Skinny, the subject of a story we published that got a lot of attantion Thursday, 41 Pound Cat Brought to Shelter as a Stray, is a sweet, displaced oversized kitty who came to the Richardson, TX Animal Shelter on September 13 after turning up unaccountably in a local resident’s back yard. Not surprisingly, after a feature in the Dallas Morning News, Skinny’s story ended up on TV and is now going national.

A post from Rachel Rice at the neighborsgo blog section of the Dallas paper’s site gives an update that includes the surprising information that he is in fact a she. The gender mixup was discovered during a veterinary exam at  Buckingham Plano Road Veterinary Clinic yesterday. Although Skinny was put up for adoption earlier in the week, and the shelter was flooded with inquiries after she was featured at the shelter’s Facebook page and in Thursday’s Dallas Morning News, Skinny will not be going to a forever home anytime soon. The shelter is now trying to place her with a shelter or rescue group that has expertise dealing with extremely obese cats and can monitor her health and implement a safe and effective weight loss programme. She is thought to have diabetes; the shelter is waiting for the results of her blood tests in order to confirm it.

Skinny is meanwhile holding court in the small room at the shelter that has become her little temporary home. She is sweet, friendly and loves the attention she is getting.

It remains a mystery how the 3 to 5 year old girl, who is assumed to have been doted on in a home and who has trouble walking more than a few steps at a time, ended up on her own in someone’s backyard. Skinny was found by a Richardson resident; she was lying on the lawn in the woman’s gated, fenced in backyard.

Here is raw video of Skinny at the shelter.


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    September 22, 2012 2:51 pmPosted 2 years ago

    It’s possible that Skinny’s owner passed away and someone in her owner’s family just didn’t want to deal with a cat. I find it hard to believe that anyone who so obviously overindulged their pet (like a lot of seniors do) would simply abandon her. And if she wandered away from her owner’s home, I’m sure someone would have been actively looking for her. I hope she gets well soon so that she can find a perfect home.

  • September 22, 2012 3:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    I second @FLcatlover’s comments. She (Skinny (please find her a nicer name)) has obviously been a well fed/domestic cat and I find it so sad that she was found as a stray…. I’m sure she will, but I do hope she will receive lots and lots of love and attention because looking at the video and seeing her sad eyes, I bet she is feeling homesick and missing her obviously doting mum/dad. xxx

  • September 22, 2012 5:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    @Diana Jones. N.B. The word ‘doting’ is best read with a spoonful of cynicism. All other wording is as seen. xxx


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