Sprinkles is without a question one of the world’s fattest felines and, weighing in at 32 lbs, she may well be the heaviest domestic cat alive.
The mammoth cat from Sea Isle City, New Jersey, was given to the care of rescue agency SOS Sea Isle City Cats by her owners, who were facing a foreclosure on their home in April. She has since lost a pound, but still has a long way to go.
Sprinkles, who is too fat to be able to properly groom herself, has as primary caregiver pet rescue volunteer Stacy Jones Olandt. (Click through for the video.)
Olandt, a helper with the non-profit S.O.S. Sea Isle City Cats, said:
We didn’t know anything about her owners. I think it’s pretty clear that they didn’t know how to properly take care of a cat.
Apart from her obesity, Sprinkles suffered from ear mites and fleas when she was rescued. Olandt said:
Whatever position she’s in, she’s stuck. She can barely move.
She has typical problems of a very overweight human. Her joints are compromised, her heart is being stressed and she is simply not very mobile
When they came to pick Sprinkles up from her family, the volunteers at S.O.S. could not carry her. They were forced to put the feline in a crate and asked a man to carry her up the stairs, according to Press of Atlantic City.
We’re a bunch of old ladies. We had to get a young man to get her up the steps.
A normal weight for Sprinkles would be 10 lbs — 23 lbs less than what she currently weighs.
When Sprinkles arrived at the shelter, she would not eat cat food, which led her rescuers to believe that she was fed human food by her previous owners.
Now, however, the cat who has a patchwork of black and white spots on her fur, is placed on a strict diet and fitness schedule.
For the next year and a half, Sprinkles will work with the shelter vet to shed pounds “carefully” and the process will involve some nip-and-tuck work. Olandt said:
Her vet will do a pro-bono tummy tuck because she will probably have skin hanging on the floor.
Olandt added that the cat’s weight is comparable to a human weighing 700 lbs. She said:
We’ve seen fat cats at 20 to 25 pounds but this is just obscene. Cats, by and large, don’t overfeed themselves. This is similar to a 600 or 700 pound human that should weigh 180 pounds.
The good news is that Sprinkles is expected to survive. She has been relieved of the fleas and mites and her ear infection is currently being treated with antibiotics. Olandt said:
We think that Sprinkles has a very bright future. We are now hoping that she will get adopted into a home where she can become the center of attention.
The rescuers hope that the feline will be losing a pound a month after she’s placed on a special diet and look forward to finding Sprinkles a new home. Olandt said:
She’s sweet, sweet, sweet. I’ve never seen so many people broken-hearted and hopeful at the same time.
In an interview with Phillymag.com, Olandt said that Sprinkles has a beautiful face, “like a pretty fat girl”. She said:
She’s letting us clean the red, raw spots, and she’s so sweet. The lovingest, most precious cat. She’s happy now. And she has a beautiful face, which I guess is what they say about fat girls.
Olandt explained that, once Sprinkles loses the extra weight, she will need a tummy tuck to get rid of the excess skin, so that it does not drag on the floor.
To adopt Sprinkles the cat, you can apply here.
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