King Leo has lost his fight against morbid obesity and has died from cardiac arrest, we learn today. The ten-year-old Maine Coon cat was all over the news earlier this year, after he was found thrown out by the side of a road in Nashville, Tennessee, weighing an astonishing 30 lbs and having matted fur, which had severely hampered the feline’s ability to move, with the mats on his belly preventing him from extending his hind legs.
King Leo suffered from inflammatory bowel disease and developed pancreatitis and two weeks ago he was given a feeding tube and antibiotics. However, when the medication failed, the cat was put on steroids. His owner, LaTisha Lampley, a veterinary technician, eventually brought him to Blue Pearl Veterinary hospital on Tuesday, where King Leo spent his final hours.
Mrs. Lampley had adopted the cat in August, after she had cared for him at Nashville’s Cat Shoppe Rescue, where he was taken after being brought to Metro Animal Care and Control. The obese feline was placed on a strict weight loss regime, a main part of which was pounding the water treadmill, something many cats resent.
Mrs Lampley frequently updated the public on the cat’s progress and, On September 8, she said that he was down to 21.3lbs and by October 3, King Leo was down to 19.4lbs. However, just a week or so later, the cat had become ill with pancreatitis and his owner was forced to set up a GoFundMe page to help pay his medical bills.
Mrs Lampley made the sad announcement of King Leo’s passing on Facebook early on Wednesday morning. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. King Leo, a cat who weighed 30lbs when he was found on the side of a road this summer, has died.
2. King Leo was down to 21.3lbs (pictured) as of September 8.
3. LaTisha Lampley, a 34-year-old veterinary technician who adopted the flabby feline in August, had been helping King Leo fight the battle of the bulge.
4. Part of the feline’s slimming plan involved pounding the water treadmill at a local health center for animals.
5. King Leo was embraced by Mrs Lampley (right), her husband Tim (left) and the couple’s ten-year-old daughter McKayla (middle).
6. By mid-October, King Leo had become ill with pancreatitis, prompting his owner to set up a GoFundMe page to help pay his medical bills.
7. ‘Leo was an amazing cat and endured many amazing miraculous odds to be in my life,’ Mrs Lampley wrote after the feline’s passing.
8. ‘Leo passed away around people who loved him and knew how wonderful of a kitty he truly was,’ she added.
And here is the video:
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