According to MCACC, Meatball was shuffled from home to home before being surrendered at East Valley Animal Care Center in Mesa. Vets believe he’s about 4 years old and say with the exception of the weight, he appears to be in pretty good condition.
“Considering his size he actually looks really good,” said MCACC spokeswoman Melissa Gable. “His hair is good. He’s able to groom himself. He walks, not very far, but he does walk.”
Too big to live comfortably in a standard cat kennel, Meatball is couch surfing — make that floor surfing — in one of the administrative offices at West Valley Animal Care Center in Phoenix.
MCACC staff say he’s a sweet boy.
“He is an extremely friendly cat and can walk despite his weight but the shelter’s veterinary team is carefully monitoring his health,” Gable said in a news release. She said Meatball, who weighs at least three times what he should, is the biggest cat she’s ever seen.
He does have an issue with his eye that veterinarians think is glaucoma.
Right now he’s getting prescription diet wet food and dry food.
While there’s no doubt that Meatball is a huge cat, he’s not the biggest feline in the world. He’s one good-size cat (10+ pounds) away from the record.