A pair of obese cats arrived at the Dallas Animal Services shelter just before Christmas looking like they’d each eaten a whole turkey.
One, named Riley — an orange-and-white feline — tipped the scales at 36.6 pounds. OK, maybe that should be crushed the scales. His buddy, Truffle, weighed in at 18 pounds, obviously not the alpha cat in the pecking order.
A note from Jonnie England, a longtime animal welfare activist and advocate, explained that the cats’ elderly human could no longer care for the two — something about cleaning a litter box the size of an Olympic swimming pool — and surrendered them to the shelter.
The cats, particularly Riley, had grown so large they couldn’t properly groom themselves, and Riley’s belly had to be shaved because it was matted beyond repair by a brush. Suits Riley just fine, though, England said, because the cat loves belly rubs, and who doesn’t in the right circumstance?
Since Christmas, Riley shed about 5 pounds, at least 1 of which might have been belly fur. Still, that’s a pretty good start for the fat-boy.
Then again, give them a few minutes.
Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He wants a cut if NBC programming executives do spin off “The Biggest Loser: Pets and Their People.”