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Big boned Bumble – the cat jumping through hoops to shed the pounds

Bumble the cat has learned to jump through hoops

A tubby tabby cat has been learning to jump through hoops in a bid to slim down while he waits to find a new home at the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Torbay

Big-boned feline Bumble is carrying a few extra pounds and has been working on shifting his weight with his new hobby of agility, a sport usually reserved for dogs.

Laura Boyle, Rehoming Centre Manager for Blue Cross in Torbay said: “Agility is quite unusual for cats, but Bumble learned to jump through his hoop really quickly and hopefully it will help him to reduce his weight a bit as he is on the large side.

“It’s difficult for cats to get a lot of exercise while they are here at the centre, so this is great way of getting him to move around a bit more. Hopefully this lovely cat will soon be in a new home where he will get to go outside and get all the exercise he needs.”

Bumble is also on a special high fibre diet of three small meals a day to help him in his weight-loss efforts. He is looking for new owners who can help him continue his weight loss plan.

The six-year-old Bumble came to Blue Cross when his owners move house and were unable to take him with them. He is a very friendly boy who loves a fuss and likes to be in the company of people. Despite his large size though, Bumble is a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to other felines, so ideally he’d like a home in an area where he won’t meet too many other cats. He does love to explore though, so he will need access to the great outdoors.

If you think you could you could offer Bumble the happy, active new home he’s been waiting for, please contact Blue Cross Torbay on 0300 777 1550 or visit for more information.


Notes to Editors

  • Photos and video of Bumble available, please contact the media team.
  • Torbay pet rehoming centre has been helping homeless and abandoned pets across South Devon and East Cornwall since 1988. The centre rehomes hundreds of cats every year and also a number of dogs and rabbits via the Blue Cross Home Direct scheme.
  • To contact the centre call 0300 777 1550 or drop in at Ashley Priors Lane, Watcombe, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4SE (check the website or call ahead for opening times).
  • Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
  • Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
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