So we're preempting our Wordless Wednesday for this story. (But just for a day. Faraday designated tomorrow "Belated Wordless Wednesday".)
Meow recently found himself in the care of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, in Santa Fe, New Mexico after his 87-year-old human could no longer care for him.
On the surface, Meow's story sounds like one of the typical tales we hear in shelters the world over. It's his condition that makes this situation different - and what captured Jackson's heart when he asked us for help to rehome this big guy.
And when I say big, I mean over 39 pounds of kitty... on a 12-pound kitty frame.
If you do the math, that's the equivalent of a man with an average build who should normally weigh 175 pounds topping the scales at 570.
Meow is in desperate need of a seasoned cat lover who will give this two year old boy a home and help him shed the pounds -- safely! -- so he can live a long, healthy, active life.
Did I mention the word 'safely'? This is going to be a critical life-or-death part of the equation. Weight loss in obese cats can trigger hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease -- almost always fatal to cats.
You can read about it in more detail in the above link, but basically the best way for Meow to shed the pounds is to be on a 'Catkins Diet'. Since cats are obligate carnivores, they need protein and lots of it. No grains, no starch - both of which are found in the kinds of cat food that frequent grocery store shelves.
If you know anyone in the Santa Fe area who understands the special needs of an overweight kitty and who might have a place in their heart for Meow, please contact the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society at (505)983-4309.