A stray cat who piled on the pounds by gorging on leftover food she picked up on the streets is now on her way to getting back a waistline.
Five-year-old Sandy was found under a bush in a park in Bromsgrove, West Midlands, and taken to the nearby Blue Cross rehoming centre.
She tipped the scales at a whopping 7.05kg (15lbs) which, for her small bone structure, is heavily obese. We gave her the biggest cat pen in the centre, not just because of her huge size but to ensure she could move about and exercise to shift some of her massive bulk.
Because of her size, Sandy hasn’t been able to groom herself and so the bits of her fur that she could not reach became so matted it needed to be shaved off.
She also has dental problems because of her poor diet and further health problems due to her obesity.
Blue Cross has introduced a special diet and she is banned from any treats and snacks to make sure she reaches her healthy target weight of 5kg as soon as possible.
And to distract her from dreaming about grub our team is spending plenty of time playing with her and giving her a good old fuss. Thankfully, she's an inquisitive girl so her pen is also kept interesting with new toys, games and objects for her to play with and investigate.
Laura Coveney, Animal Welfare Supervisor at Bromsgrove Blue Cross, said: “I haven’t seen a cat so overweight in a long time. While we don’t know how she became a stray or what she got up to during that time, it is likely she has been surviving on scraps of human food like takeaways.
"Because of her weight she has not been able to carry out normal cat behaviour like grooming and playing but we are aiming to get her back to her proper cat self in no time.”
Now, after 36 days in our care, Sandy has been found a loving home to go to where her owners will continue to help her on her slimming plan.