18kg fat cat in Texas slims down

2015-07-28 08:00
Skinny, who when found wandering near Dallas. (Jana Hipp, AP)

Skinny, who when found wandering near Dallas. (Jana Hipp, AP)

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Dallas - A former 18.6kg cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

Dr Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 8.6kg with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the "resident cat" at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital.

Barton said on Friday that Skinny spends weekdays roaming the clinic. The ex-fat cat's weekends are spent at home with Barton and her family.

Skinny was found abandoned near Dallas in 2012 and ended up at a shelter. The vet says Skinny just had his annual checkup and is healthy.

Barton says Skinny is living proof that while he's supposed to be a large cat, "he's not supposed to be an obese cat."

Skinny the cat
Skinny the cat before he slimmed down. (Richardson Animal Services, AP)

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