A tiny kitten saved by an animal sanctuary returned three years later as a ‘dangerously obese’ monster moggy after its new owners almost ‘killed her with kindness’ through overfeeding.
Rainbow was handed into the Cats Protection Adoption Center in Bridgend, South Wales, as a skinny stray cat who weighed just 1lb (0.49kg) and needed building up.
Rescuers thought she was set for a new lease on life after she was nursed back to health and found a loving home.
But Rainbow was massively overfed and ballooned in weight to almost a whopping two stone (12.7kg).
She was three times the average size of a cat her age, making her ‘depressed’ and ‘fearful’, handlers said.
The fat cat is now back at the animal sanctuary after her huge size put her ‘life at risk’ – and she has already shed 11lbs (5kg) after being placed on a strict new diet.
Manager Sue Dobbs said: ‘To be honest we were shocked when we saw Rainbow.
Rainbow (pictured) was massively overfed and ballooned in weight to almost a whopping two stone (12.7kg)
Rainbow was handed into the Cats Protection Adoption Center in Bridgend, South Wales, as a skinny stray cat (pictured) who weighed just 1lb (0.49kg) and needed building up
‘We knew her weight had been a struggle and that was why she was coming back into care, but she is one of the heaviest cats we’ve taken in.
‘To remember how she had been so tiny that we didn’t think she would survive, and then to be faced with a cat whose joints and organs were under pressure from the excessive weight, and who was so big she couldn’t play or even run from danger if she’d needed to, it was terrible.’
Rainbow was left so fat she was unable to groom or clean herself properly and suffered mobility problems.
She was also infested with fleas and had red and crusty eyes, suffered fur loss, urine burns and inflamed skin.
Ms Dobbs added: ‘Poor Rainbow was sore, itchy and unclean.
‘Not being able to express her natural behaviors such as hunting, playing, running and hiding will have left her feeling depressed and fearful.
‘We know overfeeding Rainbow wasn’t intentional and she was on a special diet when she arrived at the centre, but she was truly a victim of being slowly killed by kindness.
Rainbow was three times the average size of a cat her age, making her ‘depressed’ and ‘fearful’, handlers said
Rainbow (pictured) is now on a special diet and has already lost almost 11lbs (5kg).
‘Too many treats or large portions combined with minimal exercise soon takes its toll on cats.’
Dr Sarah Elliott, Cats Protection’s Central Veterinary Officer, added: ‘While most cat owners have a strong bond with their cat, they may be tempted to over-indulge their cat with food or treats.
‘Owners may do this out of love or to make their feline feel like a family member. Sadly, we are doing them more harm than good as overweight cats are at significant risk of diabetes, joint problems and urinary infections.’
It was revealed in January that more than three million cats in Britain are overweight while more than 50,000 have diabetes.