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28-Pound Cat Brought To Shelter Starts Weight Loss Journey After Losing His Home

This 8-year-old boy, who weighs 28 pounds, is stealing hearts everywhere and is sure to steal yours as well. Meet Wilford, a fat cat who came to a local shelter in need of a new beginning. After his previous owner could no longer care for him, this heavy heartthrob was surrendered to a shelter. The poor guy was filthy, very fat, and in dire need of affection and medical attention when he arrived. Fortunately, the caring people at Lost Dog and Kitty Rescue Foundation took the sweet cat in and brought him to Pokey Pot Pie, where he is now fostered and on his way to recovery.

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Meet Wilford—an 8-year-old big boy with a big personality

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Jen, Wilford’s current caretaker, said that “Wilford came into foster with us (via Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation) in late December after being surrendered by his prior owner to a shelter in rural Virginia.” Wilford was struggling to eat when he arrived at his foster parents’ house because he was stressed out and overwhelmed by the changes in his life. “Not only was he a dangerously overweight cat, but his entire coat was matted and in bad health as well. He was shaven, which is why he appears disheveled in so many of his photos,” Jen continued.

He was brought to a shelter after his owner could no longer care for him and the transition wasn’t easy

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Wilford, like any other cat, found the shift difficult. His caregivers explained that he needed to adjust to a new environment, routine, people, and even other cats. “Wilford was in a lot of pain when he first came. This was a difficult transition for any cat, and Wilford was no exception. He’d recently lost his family, his home, and his routine. Jen said that, “He was in a new environment, with new people, new scents, new sounds, and other cats.”

In addition to his obesity, Wilford had several other medical issues

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Wilford’s foster parents took him to the vet, where they learned he had asthma and a moderate upper respiratory infection. He was in and out of the veterinarian’s office for treatments multiple times before his health was eventually restored. “While Wilford clearly needs to shed weight, cats, particularly those who are severely obese, must do it gradually or risk developing hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease). We had a lot of trouble getting Wilford to acclimatize to his new healthy diet and eat during his first week. He was so stressed out that he didn’t even eat. Within the first two weeks, we took him to the vet twice for blood testing, x-rays, hunger stimulants, and anti-nausea medication.

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Luckily, he was nursed back to health and was put on a diet

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Jen and Ian, Wilford’s caregivers, began addressing the large boy’s weight once he recovered. “Wilford weighs in at 28 pounds right now. He should weigh around 14 pounds, therefore he’ll have to shed half his body weight ultimately. For the time being, though, we are still attempting to make him feel at ease and secure. They posted on Instagram, “He is an incredible delight, and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to spend time with him.” “It took several weeks (and perhaps 15 different varieties of cat food) to get him to eat on a consistent basis. We’ve had to deal with a few other health challenges along the way, but he’s finally stable, dropping weight gently, and doing great,” Jen said. Wilford’s foster mom Jen said that, “We took him to the vet twice within the first two weeks for blood testing, x-rays, hunger stimulants, anti-nausea medicines, and other things.”

He’s currently at 28 pounds, but his caretakers are hoping for him to lose half his body weight

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The enormous fluff, it appears, not only has a big belly but also a big personality. The foster parents posted on Instagram, “He’s playful!” “He doesn’t have a lot of range of motion, but he’s fascinated by the feather wand and can be persuaded to swat it. We’ll be able to get him some exercise as a result of this.”

His foster family says that he’s a very loving and playful cat

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Wilford has finally begun to lose weight after spending more than a month with his foster family. He is eating on a regular basis, taking baths, exercising regularly, and playing with toys. “Because he is incapable of grooming himself, he requires regular bathing. While he doesn’t like them, he’s a good sport about them and doesn’t mind them as long as you give him lots of neck and back rubs while soaping him up,” Jen from Pokey Pot Pie told us. “Wilford also has asthma, which necessitates twice-daily medicine taken via an inhaler. She went on to say, “He’s quite good about it!”

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And in a few weeks time, Wilford will be ready to look for a new forever home

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“He’s wandering about a lot more, playing a lot more, and acting a lot more confident among our cats. I’m so proud of him!” Wilford’s foster family sends letters to him. Wilford’s carers are currently interviewing potential applicants in the hopes of finding him a new loving family where he can be safe, healthy, and happy in a few weeks. “There are a lot of people who are interested in adopting a large, fluffy, wonderfully grumpy-looking cat, but there are far less people who are still interested once they understand how much labor is required in caring for a severely obese cat. He requires a home that is aware of his specific needs, committed to his weight-loss objectives, and willing/able to bathe him multiple times each week because he is unable to groom himself. Wilford is an extremely great cat, and knowing him is to love him, but he does demand a lot of work, and he needs a home where his humans would gladly accept that and love him all the more for it,” Wilford’s carer told that. Wilford, fingers crossed, will be able to find a new loving home soon!

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