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Podgy moggy needs a new home

02 September 2014
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A king-sized kitty that is twice his recommended weight is in need of a new home.

The six-year-old ginger male, called Chunky is being looked after at Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre and weighed 10.7 Kg when he was brought in during April. A healthy adult cat should weigh between four and five kilos.
Mark Magee, the centre’s manager said: “Chunky was brought to us after his owners were finding it difficult to help him lose weight and could no longer look after him. He is at significant risk of health problems such as diabetes and arthritis, so it is essential that we help him to lose weight, though it needs to be a gradual process as it is dangerous for a cat to shed weight too quickly.

“He has been making good progress and currently weighs 10 Kg. We are now looking to find him a home in the Cornwall area where his new owners will help Chunky towards his ideal target weight, with the centre on hand to provide advice.

“He’ll make a lovely pet as he is chatty and he loves rolling around when there’s a grooming or a fuss to be had! He’d be best suited to a home without very young children where he can be the only pet.”

A Cats Protection survey of 1,120 owners indicates that around a quarter of cats (23 per cent) are regarded by their owners to be overweight but by following a few simple steps, owners can help their puss to lose weight and stay healthy:
• Seek advice from a vet about helping an overweight pet cat to lose weight
• Choose a reputable cat food, and stick to the manufacturer’s recommended feeding amount when feeding cats
• Avoid giving fatty foods such as cheese, chocolate, crisps and other ‘human’ food. If you want to offer a cat a special treat, give him a little boiled fish or boneless chicken

To adopt Chunky or any of the other unwanted cats at Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre, then please call 01872 870575 or email cornwall@cats.org.uk

To adopt a cat from elsewhere in the UK, please log on to www.cats.org.uk and use the charity’s Find a cat function, where by inputting a postcode, people can see all of the cats available for adoption within a 20 mile radius of their home.

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For media enquiries please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or email media.office@cats.org.uk  

Notes to editors

1. Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre is part of a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres that help over 218,000 cats and kittens each year.
2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
4. More information about Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk