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35-pound Sarasota cat has new home, will go on diet

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Tiger, the 35-pound cat Tiger, the 35-pound cat
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A very overweight feline has a new home tonight.

"Tiger," the cat was wheeled into Sarasota Cat Depot on Tuesday, and relinquished by its owner who had to move into an assisted living facility. After a medical exam, the veterinary staff weighed the large tabby cat who tipped the scale at a whopping 35 pounds.

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Tiger was immediately placed on a carefully monitored diet program with a goal of losing one pound per month, according to the facility. They said although he had no health issues, the cat had difficulty walking due to his tremendous size and could only take a few steps at a time according to the press release.

A St. Petersburg woman saw the story on television, and wanted to help the special needs feline.  She drove with her grandchildren all the way to the Cat Depot to adopt Tiger.  Tiger was wheeled out to the car on a cart, to start his new life, and new diet.

“Tiger may be close to breaking a world record for biggest cat, but this is no laughing matter,” said Shelley Thayer, executive director, Cat Depot. “Health risks of obesity are real. It contributes to medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung disease, and high blood pressure.”

A 2011 study by APOP (Association for Pet Obesity Prevention) found that over 50 percent of cats were either obese or overweight. Most domestic cats should weigh between 8 and 10 pounds. Cats are typically overfed their cat food, as well as “over-treated.” An average lazy 10-pound house cat usually needs only 180 and 200 calories each day.

Tips is your cat is overweight:

· Talk to your vet and get your cat a full medical checkup. Find out what their ideal body weight is and how many calories they should eat each day, including treats.

· Exercise your cat! Play laser tag—something to get your cat moving for at least 20 minutes each day.

· Monitor your cat’s progress and stay on track.

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