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That's A Lot of Cat: North Texas Tabby Weighs In at 41 Pounds

Cats love attention, but a feline at the Richardson Animal Shelter outside of Dallas is positively gobbling it up.

Skinny the Catis a five year-old tabby. So far, so normal. But there’s more to this cat – a lot more. Skinny weighs in at 41 pounds.

Skinny’s size attracted the notice of the Associated Press, which reported on the North Texas tabby.  And thankfully, now the animal center is deluged with calls from folk looking to care for the cat.

“We have fielded a lot of calls,” says Dennis Wooten, manager of the Richardson Animal Center.  “The challenge now is sorting throw all those calls to find out what’s best for Skinny.”

Skinny’s weight poses problems that her owners will need to be prepared for – a special diet, recurring veterinary trips, special conditions for using the litterbox, and more. “I guess we're going to have to get a kitty treadmill,” Wooten says.

Her weight is currently such a problem that Wooten says the center “mis-sexed” Skinny upon her arrival, identifying her as male rather than female. 

Until Skinny gets her perfect foster family, she’ll be at the animal shelter – in her own room, as she’s too big to fit inside any of the cat cages.  

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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