By Josie  December 13th, 2023

The World's Fattest Cat Lives in Virginia

The world’s fattest cat, Patches, is from Virginia and weighs a staggering 40.3 pounds!

That being said, Patches is well on his way towards a healthier lifestyle, but it’s too bad that he looks the cutest when he’s the chunkiest!

Patches’ story began in Richmond, Virginia, where he was rescued by Richmond Animal Care and Control from an abusive situation.

Patches' Rescue

His previous owner had allowed him to become morbidly obese - the rescue was challenging, requiring two people to lift the massive cat!

After his rescue, Patches went viral on social media when the rescue centre shared his picture and asked “Did you wake up today and say, ‘let’s adopt the largest cat anyone has ever seen?’”

A Forever Home

Patches’ size was alarming, with his backside measuring an incredible 10.5 inches across. His weight placed him among the heaviest cats ever recorded, a whole 40.3 pounds!

In his new home, Patches was put on a strict diet and exercise plan. This regimen was essential for reducing his weight to a safer, healthier level.

New Home & Diet

Obesity in cats significantly elevates the risk of developing diabetes, a serious health condition that requires ongoing management.

Danger of Cat Obesity

Excessive weight can also lead to joint issues, including arthritis, which can severely impact a cat’s mobility and quality of life.

Identifying obesity in cats is the first step towards addressing it. Signs include excess body fat, lack of visible waistline, and difficulty in feeling the ribs under the fat.

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