A cat, Canada’s largest shelter ever, delighted the internet this week.
At 27 pounds, Philippe is about 116 percent larger than the average adult domestic cat, which typically weighs between 5 and 20 pounds.
Philippe currently lives at the Adoption Chats Sans Abri (ACSA) shelter in Quebec where he was welcomed with his shy brother Edouard.
“One of the children in the family started to have serious allergies to these products,” explained Sonia Lavoine, volunteer at ACSA. News week why the cats were sent to the shelter.
“We don’t really know how long he’s been like this. Right now, he loves cooking in the sun and playing with a laser toy,” Lavoine explained. “We are waiting for him to lose weight before putting him up for adoption.”
A cat’s healthy weight can vary depending on several factors, including its age, breed and body composition, but the agreed upon healthy weight for an adult domestic cat is approximately 8 to 12 pounds.
Of course, larger breeds like the Maine Coon will naturally weigh more while remaining healthy. On the other hand, smaller breeds can weigh less than average and still remain healthy.
Is my cat overweight?
If you’re wondering if your cat is overweight, there are a few signs to watch for.
You should be able to feel your cat’s ribs without pressing too hard, and if you can’t feel her ribs at all, your cat may be overweight.
Another way to tell is to look at their size. A healthy cat should have a visible waistline between the ribcage and hips, while an overweight cat will have a less defined waistline.
Viewed from the side, a healthy weight cat should have a slight upward slope in the abdomen behind the ribcage, compared to the rounded abdomen of an overweight cat.
The shelter shared Philippe’s story on Reddit where thousands of users shared their reactions and thoughts about the big cat.
In the caption, Lavoine, a shelter volunteer, wrote: “He’s such a nice boy; he loves everyone. I love this big potato.”
“This is the biggest cat we’ve ever had, and we’ve been doing this for 26 years,” Lavoine said. “We had one once that weighed 25 pounds and went to 19 pounds, so there’s hope for him. Philippe is just a fun guy and I love the faces he makes when he wants something. thing.”
“Aww. What a big baby,” one commenter wrote on the Reddit post.
While another said: “I would totally rub that floaty belly.” »
A very social cat, Philippe loves people and attention, and is always happy to have animals.
“He’s really comfortable at the shelter. We let our cats free during the day and he’s really nice to them all,” explains Lavoine.
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