August 28th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Fat cat from Canada finds Facebook fame

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Fat Boy, a fat cat from the city of Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, Canada, has become an unlikely local celebrity.

The "husky" cat weighs in at about 22 lbs, equivalent to a 350-pound person, and since the local animal shelter began chronicling Fat Boy's weight loss journey on Facebook, he has developed quite a following, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Fat Boy is on a strict diet at 160 calories a day, and once a week on "Fat Boy Friday" — described as a a "wildly popular" event — he is weighed on a scale at the Moose Jaw Humane Society

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But he is a sneaky cat, the CBC says. Photos in the "Fat Boy is the Biggest Loser!" album on Facebook — a reference to the weight loss reality TV show — show the cat appearing to reach his paw into other cats' cages to steal their food.

"You don't really notice it until you look down and say, oh my gosh this [cat] is humongous," Karla Pratt from the Moose Jaw Humane Society told the CBC.

"Fat Boy has always had, I hate to use the word groupies but he's definitely got a fan following in the city of Moose Jaw. People will come just to see him, upset when he's outside or something. They'll ask where's the fat cat today," Pratt said.

The cat, who is a permanent resident at the animal shelter and not available for adoption, has even become the face of a fundraising campaign.

The shelter is selling "autographed" 5 x 7 prints with Fat Boy's photo and paw print on them to raise money for rescue efforts.

"If the diet goes as planned, his friends may have to call him something new. Perhaps, Fat Boy Slim," the CBC reporter quipped.

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  1. haha

    Lol it says she works at the Human Society

    August 29, 2011 at 12:39 am | Reply
    • Michelle

      What are you talking about? the article says local animal shelter and Moose Jaw Humane Society.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
      • haha

        Check at 1:11

        August 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Party Paws

      Yeah, I saw that too hilarious

      August 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • Cat

      (Sorry, couldn't find a way to post without hitting reply). I wish they would mention how difficult it is to put a cat on a diet. If they lose weight too quickly it can cause organ failure and death. The process can take 12-18 months; much slower than for a dog.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    I have a cat like this one, but with more striking features!

    August 29, 2011 at 5:44 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Fat Boy is definitely obese, can hard walk, needs to be on a diet!

      August 29, 2011 at 5:47 am | Reply
    • ibrad

      Are you saying it would look good with an apple in the mouth,ready to be BBQ`d ?

      August 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  3. Rick

    LOL...Funny because I have a cat that looks exactly like Fat Boy..She's 11 years old and weighs in at 23 pounds. Her name is Mitsou, she's a real talker too....Will talk your ears off for a treat but once she's had her way with you....Mum's the word...She goes right mack to sleep. LOL

    August 29, 2011 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Olivia

      @Rick: Someone in my family had a cat named Mitsou. She was not a fat cat, but my cat Minou was...I think she tipped the scale at 18 pounds. Her belly dragged on the was cute but not very practical for her. She lost the weight through dieting.

      August 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  4. CrystalRiver

    Americans, sorry for the bad news. British scientists confirmed by data that the fatties stay fatties for life. Now, let's dress modestly( it's really ugly and bad to viewers' brains when fatties show much skin), eat right amount and move as much as we can. Let's not think about obesity much and give most of our income to charities, the Christian ones. Selfish prosperity has been a woe.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • MaggieJS

      What does this have to do with cats?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply
  5. Leann Renee

    hahaha i have a cat that is 25 pounds lol his name is pounce lol

    August 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Northof39

      Yes & I bet he can't pounce lol. He just blobs lol.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  6. Sylvia

    Poor little kitty. Cats have no way to exercise like dogs, so owners have to make sure they don't overfeed their cats. Absolutely no treats either. The owners are absolutely to blame for his condition - now it is up to THEM to take the necessary remedies, and not use other peoples' charity pay for their stupidity.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Raven

      I don't know about cats not having the ability to exercise like a dog. My four are in constant motion. If anything, even so much as a dust bunny moves, one of my cats is on it. They're all very active, very playful and a hoot to watch. We don't dare give them catnip, or the house would be in shambles. Right now I've got a paw swatting at the curser as it moves across the screen.

      August 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  7. Michelle

    I have an orange and white male cat that weighs between 16 – 18 lbs. He is a big boy but doesn't appear as huge as this cat. He is also longer so the weight is a little more distributed. I agree that cats don't normally get that large for no reason. It appears that he has been overfed. The article doesn't go into detail about why he is at an animal shelter. I hope the diet works for him but the shelter's staff are going to have to watch out for him and make sure he doesn't steal any more food.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  8. Michael500ca

    I wanna rub that big belly.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  9. Amy

    What a sweet boy! I have a stray who adopted me and he will clean out everyone else's bowl. It's called the "alley cat" mentality since he doesn't know where his next meal will come from. He was extremely skinny when he showed up on my doorstep but is now a very "healthy" weight. It's not always the owners fault, sometimes it's the background of where the cat came from.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  10. Nancee

    He's adorable and has a larger than life personality, too. I hope his dieting days go well.

    August 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  11. petercha

    Meow..... (burp)....

    August 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  12. Skatcat

    Several years ago my husband brought home a small wet ball of gray fur that he found along the highway on his way home from work, that we named Sparky. The poor little guy looked more like a drowned rat then a kitten of about six weeks of age. Sparky grew up to become a twenty three pound kitty. He wasn't fat or even overweight, just big. As in so big that when standing on all fours, his head was at my knee. Our vet was amazed and said Sparky, was the largest domestic cat that he had ever seen. Sparky was our footwarmer in bed for almost sixteen years before he passed away in his sleep.

    August 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • mrvwbug

      I have a similar kitty, a couple years ago I heard this cat yowling outside our apartment and stepped outside to find a little gray kitten probably 6-7 weeks old. Went back in and told my wife about it and she wanted to go out and see him, as we opened the door he invited himself in and never left. That little kitten turned out to be a norwegian forest cat cross and hes now 22 lbs and is very active and not fat at all.

      August 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  13. jj

    Go, Fat Boy! Time to get in shape! He sure didn't like that paint/ink? put on his paw for the autographs.

    August 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  14. Trish ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey guys, will you visit ..... Help Faye . ORG ....... a friend of mine is Fighting for her life.... Thanks

    August 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  15. Bill

    Crazy Canadians....

    August 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • Phil

      Correction, crazy Canadian cat. Only taking after our neighbors to the south

      August 30, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
  16. ball

    Actually a pretty smart joke at the end... fatboy slim... good reference

    August 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  17. Susie

    IS it a bad thing that this boy doesn't look big at ALL to me...? My Casey is 24lbs – uh oh...

    August 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  18. Elmeaux

    My Blue Point Siamese was 19 pounds. He wasn't fat at all. He was just monstrous in his bone structure. Blue Points are pretty much the largest of all Siamese cats.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
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