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Tiny the Cat Hits Weight Loss Milestone

Animals  (tags: animalwelfare, animals, cats, SPCA, rescued, offbeat, Canada, Fredericton )

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Tiny the cat's epic weight loss journey hit an important milestone this week. About three times the size of an average cat in December when he was dropped with a thud at the Fredericton SPCA, Tiny -- once 30.2 pounds -- has now dipped below 20 pounds.

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Michael O (176)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:25 pm
LeeAnn Haggerty, the director of education and training at the Fredericton SPCA, says Tiny’s weight loss has been a lot of hard work.

“When he came to the shelter, we knew this weight was a medical emergency, really that obesity in pets can be fatal, his weight was quite a concern," she said.

So he was taken to Dr. Nicole Jewett at Valley Veterinary Hospital to create a weight-loss plan at a foster home.

“His goal weight is 15 to 17 pounds,” Haggerty said.

“Most healthy adult cats should weigh about 10 pounds. Tiny is a little bit bigger, he does have a big frame.”

As Tiny has lost the weight, the improvements in his quality of life have become apparent.

When he arrived, his coat and eyes were dull, and he lacked energy — often taking just a few steps before lying down, Haggerty said.

“You could tell he loved to play, he had that inner playful cat in him, but he could only take a few swats at a feather wand and then he’d have to rest," she said.

Since losing about 10.6 pounds, Tiny has become quite active.

“He runs, he plays — it’s amazing," she said.

Haggerty says though it’s easy to laugh at Tiny's story, about 40 to 60 per cent of North American pets are overweight, and in cats, it can lead to diabetes, arthritis, organ issues and even death.

Those can result in large vet bills.

She said in Tiny’s case, he began to lose weight too quickly, likely from stress.

Now, the trim Tiny has his own clothing line, thanks to a Tiny supporter in Cape Breton, N.S.

Tartan fabric was sent to the SPCA, with which they make Tiny ties and sell them on to raise medical funds for animals.

So far, they’ve raised about $5,700 since January through tie sales and donations.

When Tiny reaches his goal weight, the SPCA plans to throw a party.

It also looks like Tiny’s foster home will become his permanent home.

“We’re just excited that he’s going to be healthy and be in a great home and we’re looking forward to celebrating," Haggerty said.


Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 10:22 am
Good for Tiny. He looks like a great cat. It's also wonderful that he may soon have a forever home.

June M (139)
Friday August 17, 2012, 10:32 am
thanks for sharing this wonderful story Michael

Robert O (12)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:15 am
How remarkable and wonderful. Thank you Michael.

Linda M (39)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:58 am
So plesed that someone is truly taking an interest in Tiny. How could an owner allow this to happen to their pet?
I hope this care continues for Tiny. He deserves it.

Bettye Johnson (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:26 pm
What a wonderful story!!!!!!!! Good job Tiny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:46 pm
Aw bless him, I'm sure he feels much better after the weight loss :) Well done Tiny.

Ruth C (87)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:00 pm
I'm glad that Tiny is on his way to a better life.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:53 pm
bien pour la santé de ce matou

janet f (29)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:27 pm
He should write a weight loss book.

Donna B (36)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:45 pm
Good For Tiny!! SO proud that he could weight. Thx for the story Michael.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:35 pm
Good news :)

Dianne D (490)
Friday August 17, 2012, 7:39 pm
Looking good Tiny. Good job. You did what I haven't been able to.

Evelyn B (79)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:50 pm
Noted...Way to go Tiny...Thanks for the Story Michael..

Isabelle J (81)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 3:16 pm
Good !
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