A St. Louis-area animal shelter has found a home for a 37-pound (16.7-kilogram) cat named Biscuit. It even found him a sympathetic shoulder to meow on.
Operators of the St. Charles County shelter say recent news coverage of the tubby tabby's plight led to more than 100 adoption requests for him.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Biscuit will go to live with Ed and Lisa Pyatt next week. The Eureka couple adopted another fat cat, Max, several years ago, and Ed Pyatt says it'll be good for Max to have a buddy.
Biscuit is roughly three times the weight of a normal adult cat and will have to stay on a strict diet. His previous caretakers had to give him up because they could no longer care for him.
Biscuit is neutered and is believed to be about 4.
Biscuit's salad days were spent pigging out and the shelter restricted him to about a cup of diet food per day.
His first owner, a disabled woman who fed him lots of treats, brought him to the St. Charles Animal Control shelter about a year ago because she could no longer care for him, Teresa Gilley, the shelter's lead animal control officer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"She didn't mean the cat any harm," Gilley said. "I just think she didn't know any better."
Gilley said the tubby tabby isn't crazy about his new low-calorie diet, but he was starting to adjust when his new owners adopted him. When he arrived, Biscuit could only take a few steps before lying down and panting, but now he's showing increased energy.