Skinny was once an enormous 41-pound cat, but has now lost more than half of his weight to make his physique match his name.
Skinny was found in 2012, abandoned near Dallas and was taken to a shelter. Dr. Brittney Barton adopted the large orange feline in 2013 and now says he has shed 22 lbs with the help of daily exercise and a special diet.
Dr. Barton says Skinny is the “resident cat” at her practice, the HEAL Veterinary Hospital. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Skinny the cat went from 41 lbs in 2012 (left) to 19 pounds in 2015 (right).
2. In this photo provided by the HEAL Veterinary Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation, Dr. Brittney Barton holds Skinny, who when found wandering near Dallas in 2012 weighed in at 41 lbs.
3. Dr. Barton said on Friday that Skinny spends the weekdays roaming the clinic. The ex-fat cat’s weekends are spent at home with Dr. Barton and her family. This March 2013 file photo shows him at 34 lbs.
Dr. Barton said on Friday that her cat spends the weekdays roaming her clinic, while the weekends are spent at home with her family.
The vet added that Skinny has just had his annual checkup and is healthy. Dr. Barton proudly says that he is a living proof that, while he’ll always be a large cat, “he’s not supposed to be an obese cat”.
Speaking to The Dallas Morning News earlier this week, Dr. Barton said:
I’m happy where he is at this point in time. The rest is just excess skin.
The Morning News reported that a skin-removal surgery is possible for the feline.
4. Dr. Barton said Skinny is a living proof that, while he’ll always be a large cat, “he’s not supposed to be an obese cat”.
5. Skinny weighed 41 lbs when this photo was taken in 2012.
6. Skinny’s workouts included walking on underwater treadmills.
Back in September 2013, Dr. Barton told The Dallas Morning News:
I was stuck at about 30 — 31 pounds with him for longest time because you don’t want to starve it off of him because he still has vital nutrients and minerals that he needs to have every day to have a healthy body.
But to try and help wake up his metabolism a little bit we needed to help increase his muscle mass and increase exertion.
HEAL Veterinary Hospital shared a video on YouTube in December 2013 (watch below), which captured Skinny’s strict fitness regimen, which included walking, cat sit-ups, as well as using an underwater treadmill.
7. Skinny was placed on a strict fitness regimen, which included walking, cat sit-ups, as well as using an underwater treadmill.
Read more: The Dallas Morning News.
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