Posted by Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer - email
FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK (KCTV/CNN) -
He arrived in a taped up carton, left on the reception counter by an unknown man on Dec. 13. Weighing more than 30 pounds, an animal shelter in Canada took Tiny in, and put him on a diet after he was abandoned.
Margot Bird, executive director of the Fredericton SPCA, thought it was a box of donated supplies.
"His weight program is going to be on meat-based high protein, very low in carbs, if any at all," said Bird. "So it stayed there for a couple of minutes and all of a sudden it started to move and purr a little. So we opened it up immediately and inside was Tiny and another cat of normal size."
Tiny as they called him, weighed in at 30.5 pounds on the shelter scales. Now, cats on the internet being the attraction they are, the SPCA has enlisted Tiny to raise funds in an online weight-loss challenge. But there is a more serious reason for getting Tiny to shed some fat.
"It predisposes them to diabetes, arthritis, severe liver damage as well as they're unable to clean themselves properly at this weight because he can't reach," said Bird.
Tiny moved into foster care with Nancy Garon this week.
"I felt sorry for him. I did. Because, his legs, you know, he doesn't walk very far, he'll lay right down," said Nancy Garon, who is taking care of Tiny.
With all the stress of new surroundings, Tiny hasn't been eating for the past few days. He has dropped more than three pounds. But that combination could be fatal. Veterinarian doctor Nichole Jewett is donating her services to keep track of Tiny's weight and to do some blood work.
"Any cat, and not just obese cats, if they go off food for a long period of time or if they're not eating at all, even sometimes as little as two to three days, can develop what's called fatty liver disease where they start mobilizing fat to use as energy and that can replace the liver cells with fat cells that can cause them to go into liver failure. So, that's why we want to make sure that hasn't already started," said veterinarian doctor Nichole Jewett.
The next job is to get Tiny on a healthy diet. A pet food company is donating its tastiest morsels, but so far, Tiny isn't biting.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:29:04 GMT
For months, concerns had been raised about the welfare of Lucas Webb. Born Jan. 3, 2008, Lucas knew much pain and suffering in his four short years. More >
State records released Monday show how Missouri social workers failed to adequately pursue allegations of abuse involving a preschooler. Lucas Webb, 4, would die five days after the state closed the abuse investigation.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:02 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:02:38 GMT
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Knob Noster on Monday afternoon.The EF-1 tornado had winds of 86 to 109 mph. A team from Pleasant Hill reviewed the damage andMore >
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Knob Noster on Monday afternoon.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:50:06 GMT
Shawnee police searched along westbound Interstate 70 in Kansas City, KS, Tuesday afternoon, looking for a gun used in a murder that occurred three years ago. Captain Bill Hisle with the Shawnee PoliceMore >
Shawnee police searched along westbound Interstate 70 in Kansas City, KS, Tuesday afternoon, looking for a gun used in a murder that occurred three years ago.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,More >
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:18 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:18:28 GMT
As you sit at home and watch the coverage of the deadly tornado your children likely have questions about what happened. Experts say there are some good and bad ways to talk to your kids about the tragedy.More >
In the wake of the tornado that devastated Moore, OK, including two schools, parents now worry about their child's safety at their own school while finding appropriate ways to talk to their children about the tragedy.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:46 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:46:10 GMT
A state district judge has ordered the Gordon Parks Charter School to remain open until the end of June.This comes after the Missouri Board of Education recently voted to force the school to shut downMore >
A state district judge has ordered the Gordon Parks Charter School to remain open until the end of June. The Missouri Board of Education had voted to force the school to shutter its doors this month. More >