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40-pound fat cat sent to foster family and put on a diet

Veterinarian Jennifer Steketee holds Meow, a 2-year-old tabby who is being put on a special diet so he can lose weight gradually. (BEN SWAN/SANTA FE ANIMAL SHELTER VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Meow can’t help but waddle. He’s one super-size cat.

The 2-year-old orange and white tabby weighs nearly 40 pounds, and an animal shelter in New Mexico is on a mission to get the feline back into shape.

Meow’s 87-year-old owner could no longer take care of him, so the pet was sent to a shelter.

Meow has been placed with a foster family. He’s on a special diet so he can start losing weight. It’s not clear how the cat was able to gain so much weight in just two years. Adult cats typically weigh between seven and 12 pounds.

But Meow isn’t the fattest cat out there. That record belongs to Himmy, a tabby from Australia who weighed almost 47 pounds.

Meow, a 2-year-old tabby tops the scale at over 39 pounds at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Ben Swan/AP)

The shelter said Guinness World Records has stopped accepting applications for the fattest-cat designation over concerns that people might overfeed pets in order to set a new record.

“He’s very sweet. He’s doing everything a normal cat would do, except he loses his breath and tires easily,” shelter spokesman Ben Swan said.

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