Meow—the 39-pound kitty who became a media sensation after appearing on Anderson Cooper’s television show—died over the weekend following respiratory complications brought on by his obesity.
An 87-year-old woman dropped Meow off at a Santa Fe Animal Shelter last month after finding she could no longer care for him due to his size. The media picked up the story in hopes to aid the shelter’s efforts to find Meow a new home. He was placed in a foster home last week, and appeared to be happy and active, but eventually the health effects of his enormous size proved too detrimental.
Meow was certainly enormous— according to Yahoo, an average cat his “height” weighs 8-12 pounds. An equivalent-sized human would weigh roughly 600 pounds.
Mary Martin, executive director of the Santa Fe shelter that took care of Meow, said that she hopes his passing will help shed some light on the greater issue: pet obesity. Said Martin, “We hope his fight will encourage other people to help their pets maintain the best health possible… Obesity is not something to be ignored.”
Check out Meow’s appearance on “Anderson” (for which he’d dropped 2 pounds!):
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