31-pound Buddha the fat cat gets ready to drop the pounds
When you think of Buddha, you think of a fat, happy guy. But when the Buddha in question is not the ancient, enlightened sage from the Himalayan foothills, but a cat in Nashville, the happiness grows thin. For Buddha is a 31.4-pound kitty, a dangerously unhealthy weight that’s left him unable to clean himself.
Luckily, the fatty encountered photographer Penny Adams, at the Metro Animal Care & Control to volunteer on Aug. 2, the last thing she expected to find was a 31.4-pound cat named Buddha.
“I volunteer my time there as a photographer,” she said. “I went there on Friday and saw him for the first time, and when I went back on Tuesday he was still there. I saw him in his little cage and I just thought, ‘You know, that’s not good for him.’
Buddha ended up at the shelter after his owner died.
Adams decided to take Buddha with her to The Cat Shoppe on Bransford Avenue, a pet store that doubles as a retail shop and adoption center, where he will undergo a diet program to put him at a normal weight.
“We tried to give him the gastrointestinal food, the metabolic food, but he didn’t like it,” said Chris Achord, owner of The Cat Shoppe. “Whoever owned him before must have been feeding him human food, and that is not good at all for a cat’s health. I’ve been rescuing animals for over 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Achord contacted Elm Hill Veterinary Clinic about Buddha’s weight and was told to take his weight loss slowly to avoid health problems.
“We definitely have to take it slow,” Adams said. “He’s six years old. We want him to have a long, happy life.”
Buddha will stay at The Cat Shoppe until he is down to a healthy weight, and he will then be adopted out to the right family.
The sleeping cutie.
He may look big and tough but Buddha is a softie too. He doesn’t bully the smaller cats.
Fat cat looks comical but remember, it’s not healthy.
31-pound cat lifted by Adams.
Good luck Buddha…
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Volunteers are accepting donations for Buddha in hopes of paying for his medical care and getting him down to a healthy weight so he can be adopted by a loving family.