A tubby tabby dubbed Britain’s fattest cat has been put on a strict diet after leaving staff at a rescue centre ‘lost for words’ when she was handed in.
Four-year-old Paisley weighs in at a whopping 1st 7lbs (9.5kg), double the weight of a healthy cat, and went into a rescue home when her owner couldn’t cope anymore.
Staff at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in West Sussex even have to help her clean herself as she has become to big to manage it herself.
It’s thought porky Paisley’s massive bulk comes from being overfed by her previous owner, combined with a lack of exercise and poor diet, which saw her weight skyrocket.
Deputy manager of the rescue centre, Tania Marsh, said: “When I saw Paisley I thought ‘oh my goodness’.
“It took my breath away. She’s the fattest cat I’ve ever seen.
“I’ve been with Cats Protection for 13 years and we get some cats on the larger side sometimes but nothing of this extent.
“We can only put it down to the quantity of food she was given.
“Paisley was loved with food if you like. She was a mainly indoor cat and didn’t go outside that much so there was a lack of opportunity for exercise.
“She’s lovely, she’s very loving and interactive. She’s such a dear little cat so it’s sad to see her the weight that she is.
“Paisley likes to sit on your lap but she really struggles to be as active as she should be.”
The good news is after being given up with for adoption on October 17, Paisley has already found a new home where she will be moving to shortly.
She’s started a vet-prescribed diet to help her beat the bulge and has already shifted one pound on her new healthy lifestyle.
Despite the positive progress, there’s still a chance poor Paisley will develop diabetes.
Tania said: “There are so many health risks that are coming her way because of her weight such as diabetes and heart problems.
“When she goes to her new home she’ll have to maintain the diet, no treats are allowed.
“The cat food is specially formulated to have less calories and it allows them to feel fuller for longer so they don’t feel hungry all the time.
“Regular checks with the vet will also be needed, we need to make sure she doesn’t lose weight too quickly otherwise she could develop a fatty liver.”
She added: “My advice would be to feed your cats twice a day. Limit the treats and tidbits in between and if you do give them to your cat then modify their meal size accordingly.
“Interact with them and move with them as much as possible.
“If you can’t feel their ribs you need to think about helping them slim down.”