Princess Chunk

How do you lose a 44 pound cat? Someone in Camden, New Jersey managed to do it.
Camden County Animal Control Officer Jim McCleery got the call Friday. There was a a stray cat prowling on a patio in the Ashley Run condominium development.

"We picked him up and I knew from the get-go it wouldn't fit in the regular cat carrier, so we had to put him in a dog carrier. . . it was a big cat, the biggest one this year," said McCleery of the Camden County Joint Municipal Animal Control Program.

Employees at Camden County Animal Shelter called the feline "Captain Chunk." Realizing she was female, the name was quickly changed to "Princess Chunk." Her "foster mom" -- shelter volunteer Deborah Wright -- calls her "Princess Chunky."

Chunk had to be weighed on a dog scale, because the shelter's cat scale only goes to 25 pounds, according to Jennifer Anderch, the shelter's executive director. After a seven-day waiting period to give her owner a chance to claim her, they will run medical tests to see if Princess Chunk has diabetes or other medical conditions.
Shelter staff is hoping that the owner of Princess Chunky comes forward soon. If no one claims her by Saturday, Anderch is confident that she will be adopted quickly.

"We have gotten several adoption applications, from five or six people already, and we are going through them now. We will choose the one that appears to be the best for her," said Anderch.

Princess Chunk will be a guest Thursday morning on the TV show Live with Regis and Kathy Lee Kelly. -via Metafilter

(image credit: John Costello/Inquirer)

Previously at Neatorama: Top 15 Amazingly Fat Cats.

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Just read elsewhere that Princess Chunk's owner came forward. The kitty is a boy named Powder and he was abandoned by his person when her home was foreclosed.

I hope she is charged with animal abuse and never allowed to have an animal again!
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Obesity in animals is a huge problem. It shortens the life of the animal (cardiovascular, kidney, and liver disease) and lessens their quality of life. Most cats should weigh around 8-12 pounds. That means this cat is about 267% overweight and would be like an average man weighing over 500 pounds. People are simply to lazy/irresponsible to properly care for their pet. Most people I talk to don't feed their pet servings, they just keep the bowl full. My wife is a veterinarian and obesity is a big pet peeve of hers.
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