Fat Cat in the News

All I can say is, “man, that it one fat cat!”
He has actually made quite a name for himself since getting stuck in a dog door while scavenging for food. The owners of the garage (and the food) were hoping to catch the culprit but did not necessarily expect the 20 lb “Goliath,” as he became known at the Oregon Humane Society, where he was taken after being freed from his little predicament.

You can watch a video of “Goliath”, whose actual name is Hercules, below.

Happily, Hercules was reunited with his family – you can see a nice picture of him and his human by following the link. One sad note to the story, however, is that Hercules was diagnosed as having FIV (feline immunodeficiency, similar to HIV for humans). But that should not stop him from returning home to lead a happy and contented (very contented, it seems) life.

Cute as such a fat cat might be, pet obesity is increasing in the U.S., similar to the obesity epidemic among humans, and can carry many of the equivalent health risks. Fortunately, Luna and I have both managed to avoid this trend so far – we are both naturally quite thin. Here are some resources for those who are interested or concerned with issues of obesity in their feline friends:

OBESITY IN CATS at the pet center

4 thoughts on “Fat Cat in the News

  1. Damn. That's one cool, fat cat. What's weird is he 20 pounds. I have an American Short Hair black cat that was 21 pounds at one point. They said he was huge but I guess you just get used to it. He definitely didn't look as big as Hercules to me at the time. My guess is he just had a huge frame. BTW, here's a picture of him: [url=http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2006/07/my-cat-programs-synths.html]JD[/url]

  2. Yep, he is definitely a cute and cool fat cat.
    I remember seeing that pic of [url=http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2006/07/my-cat-programs-synths.html]JD[/url] over at [url=http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com]matrixsynth[/url] when I first started CatSynth. Hope he's doing well.

  3. JD is doing great! Thanks for asking. He lost a lot of weight due to a thyroid condition this last summer. We were afraid it was diabetes because our previous cat had it. We took him in for some blood work and it ended up being his thyroid. He gets a pill twice a day now and he's back to his old self. No side effects and he's a very, very happy cat. It's pretty amazing. We lost two cats in the last two years and were sure we were going to lose him as well. Having him come back to 100% was and still is just amazing. It's like a second lease on life with him. So, if you ever have a cat go skinny on you get its blood checked. If it's thyroid you should be able to easily treat it with pills.

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