At 36 pounds, Meatball is one fat Arizona cat - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

UPDATE

At 36 pounds, Meatball is one fat Arizona cat

Posted: Updated:
Meatball is "the biggest cat I have ever seen," said Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. (Source: Maricopa County Animal Care and Control) Meatball is "the biggest cat I have ever seen," said Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. (Source: Maricopa County Animal Care and Control)
  • More newsMore>>

  • Lake Martin home total loss after fire Saturday

    Lake Martin home total loss after fire Saturday

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:25:39 GMT
    The Real Island Fire Department says homeowners are picking up the pieces after a fire that occurred on Saturday at Lake Martin. Officials say they believe the fire was started by lighting in the atticMore >>
    The Real Island Fire Department says homeowners are picking up the pieces after a fire that occurred Saturday at Lake Martin.More >>
  • "Don't Tread on Me" to appear on Alabama tags

    "Don't Tread on Me" to appear on Alabama tags

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:49:32 GMT
    At least 250 Alabama vehicles will soon be using license plates featuring the rattlesnake emblem and "Don't Tread on Me" warning popular with tea party groups.The state Revenue Department confirms theMore >>
    At least 250 Alabama vehicles will soon be using license plates featuring the rattlesnake emblem and "Don't Tread on Me" warning popular with tea party groups.The state Revenue Department confirms theMore >>
  • Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:22:23 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...More >>
    The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama's expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic...More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

In human vernacular, "fat cat" is a wealthy and privileged individual, according to Merriam-Webster.

In the feline world, it means Meatball, a 36-pound cat surrendered to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's East Valley Animal Care Center (MCACC) in Mesa.

Meatball is "the biggest cat I have ever seen," said Melissa Gable of the MCACC.

Despite his size, the affectionate Meatball can walk, but the shelter's veterinary team said it has been watching his health closely.

On Friday, Meatball is leaving MCACC for the Companion Pet Clinic in Gold Canyon, AZ. Gable said the Companion Pet specializes in caring for pets with a risk for severe health issues.

MCACC took in a 28-pound cat in August, and the largest cat on record was from Cairns, Queensland, which weighed in at 46 pounds, according to Guinness World Records.

In November, Companion Pet took in a 26-pound cat from MCACC and he is now down to 19 pounds.

MCACC staff said Meatball had apparently been shuffled from home to home before being brought to the shelter.

Meatball is so large, he couldn't comfortably fit in the shelter's regular cat kennels and was living in one of the administrative offices at MCACC's West Valley Animal Care Center in Phoenix until Friday.

Gable said once the staff at Companion Pet feel Meatball has lost enough weight, he'll be up for adoption. 

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow