Animal shelter seeks healthy home for 36-pound ‘Fat Cat’

Posted on: 8:25 am, January 31, 2014, by

PHOENIX (KPHO) – In human vernacular, “fat cat” is a wealthy and privileged individual, according to Merriam-Webster.

In the feline world, it means Meatball, a 36-pound cat surrendered to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s East Valley Animal Care Center in Mesa.

Fat CatMeatball is “the biggest cat I have ever seen,” said Melissa Gable of the MCACC.

Despite his size, the affectionate Meatball can walk, but the shelter’s veterinary team said it is watching his health closely.

The shelter took in a 28-pound cat in August, and the largest cat on record was from Cairns, Queensland, which weighed in at 46 pounds, according to Guinness World Records.

MCACC staff said Meatball had apparently been shuffled from home to home before being brought to the shelter.

Meatball is so large, he can’t comfortably fit in the shelter’s regular cat kennels and is living in one of the administrative offices at MCACC’s West Valley Animal Care Center in Phoenix.

MCACC staff said they are trying to find a spot with a rescue organization that specializes in overweight cats because of his risk for severe health issues, the need for constant monitoring and because he needs a special prescribed diet.

Meatball is not available for general adoption, the staff said.


  • Manalishi says:

    He’s not fat,,, just big boned!

  • Rekula Tsuj says:

    Not much of a cat person myself, but that’s really disheartening how someone let that cat get that big. The fact that he’s able to walk is amazing, but it has to be murder on his joints though. Really sad…

  • Reasonable Man says:

    Probably plays too many video games…..

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