A severely obese cat weighing 38 pounds when she came to the shelter is getting help from vets and an organization that has dealt with a similar situation before, with a cat named Tiny who became famous for his snazzy ties and had success in managing to lose weight and get fit.
Tina was taken to the Fredericton SPCA, in Fredericton, New Brnswick Canada, by a local animal control officer. Tina’s history is not known but it is suspected that she has been living under an enclosed structure.
Kitty was taken to the Hometown Veterinary Hospital in Fredericton shortly after arrival. She was named “Tina” because of the similarity between her case and that of Tiny, who came into the care of the Fredericton SCPA in 2012.
At a staggering, 38lbs, Tina’s health was compromised upon arrival. “She completely filled the cage,” said Fredericton SPCA supervisor, Andrea Stone, about Tina’s arrival. “I was very worried for this cat. I didn’t think she would survive,” explained Stone.
Since her arrival, Tina has taken temporary residence at the Hometown Veterinary Hospital. “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, who has been one of Tina’s primary caregivers.
Now, Tina’s journey to achieving a healthy weight will be a one that takes time. “Tina has a long road to recovery ahead of her and we have to closely monitor her health during her weight loss,” said Armstrong, who added, “she is on track to becoming a healthy cat once again!”
FSPCA Director of Operations Annette James said that while Tina’s physical condition is shocking, there is an opportunity to reinforce the educational messages that Tiny’s situation brought to light. “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. Tina’s weight and her inability to clean herself have also resulted in other serious and distressful physical side effects,” explained James.
Tina’s care will also cost a considerable amount, James admits, but “she’s worth it. She’s beautiful with a delightful personality in spite of her pain and discomfort.”
The Fredericton SPCA is accepting donations made in support of Tina, and is asking the public to share Tina’s story to help spread awareness on pet obesity.