30-Pound Cat Awarded Presidential Abode

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Pasadena Humane Society inaugurates diet and exercise plan for chubby stray tabby

Taft1PASADENA, Calif. (January 20, 2017) – – With all eyes turned to the nation’s capital, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is set to inaugurate the “Corpulent Cat Room,” a living space for larger-than-life felines in the shelter’s Neely Cat Center. The first cat to assume the office is 30-pound William Meoward Taft, a stray, gray tabby named after America’s portly 27th President.

Seven-year-old Taft was found strolling the streets of Pasadena over the weekend. When he was brought to the shelter, it was soon discovered he was too big to fit into a conventional shelter cage. Staff jumped to action to find more stately accommodations for this tubby tabby, eventually setting him up in a staff office with his own bed, food, water, and access to a presidential, en suite litterbox.

The medical team at the Pasadena Humane Society has put Taft on a prescription diet to begin trimming him down. He has been prescribed a regular exercise routine, as well, to help him slowly and safety lose extra pounds.

A healthy weight for a domestic cat is between 8-10lbs, however, it is estimated that over 50% of American dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Obese cats are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, liver failure, arthritis and a host of other medical issues.Taft2

“We were shocked at the size of this kitty,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “It’s important to remember that pet obesity is a real problem. Like humans, pets need to be fed a balanced diet and receive daily exercise to thrive.”
If you suspect your pet might be packing a few extra pounds, it’s best to work closely with a veterinarian to get them back on the right track. Sudden changes in diet and activity level can be dangerous, a slow and professionally-monitored approach is always recommended.

As for tubby Taft, he’s now looking for a new family who will help him achieve his campaign goals for 2017. Interested parties can email adoptions@pasadenahumane.org or call 626 792 7151 to find out more information about bringing this presidential pussycat home with you.

To make a donation to help more animals like Taft, visit pasadenahumane.org/donate.