Texas Fat Cat Sheds A Few Pounds, But Needs To Drop A Few More

DALLAS (November 5, 2012)--An overweight stray cat found nearly two months ago in North Texas has slimmed down to 37 pounds but is still too fat to be adopted, a Dallas veterinarian said Monday.

Dr. Brittney Barton said Skinny seems healthy, is on a special diet food and is getting some exercise.

Barton said the cat, which topped out at about 41 pounds, probably should reach 30 pounds before being considered for adoption.

The orange tabby was discovered Sept. 13 in Richardson and was dubbed Skinny by shelter officials, who at first said the cat was male, then female.

Skinny was taken to East Lake Pet Orphanage, where Barton determined he's a neutered male.

Barton said Skinny didn't tolerate much handling because of muscle soreness associated with his size so it was difficult to confirm his gender.

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