A ten-year-old cat too fat for a cat flap has shed the pounds – and is now looking for a new home.
Motsy came into the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre last October after her owner sadly passed away.
She weighed 10.1kg – more than twice the weight of an average adult cat and roughly the same as a small dog.
Motsy’s size meant she was unable to get in and out of the cat flap in her pod at the animal centre.
Staff decided that being in a foster home would help her to lose weight and get more exercise.
Fosterer Danni Wilson has been looking after Motsy at her home in Newport since November – and the cat now needs a full time home.
Danni said: “At first she was very nervous and had a particular fear of hands, so I started off by initially stroking her with my head.
“In the following weeks and months her personality really started to shine through and now she follows me around and likes to play and have a fuss, although everything is very much on her own terms.
“We think she became overweight as a result of helping herself to her previous owner’s food and never going outside to get exercise, although she’s slowly started to show an interest in my garden and likes to sit by the back door and enjoy the sun.
“The weight has gradually begun to come off – she’s already lost an amazing two kilograms (4.4 pounds) and she can now just about reach the base of her tail.
”But she’s still very heavy and will need to continue to shed some pounds to get down to a healthier size.”
Kath Logan, deputy manager at Newport Animal Centre, said: “We think Motsy is the heaviest cat we’ve ever rehomed.
”She’s a beautiful girl who has come such a long way and we are all so proud of her.
“She’s now feeling much more comfortable in her own skin, but she still struggles to groom herself properly, so she will appreciate an owner that is able to give her a helping hand with this for the foreseeable future.
“It’s also very important that she continues with a sensible feeding regime to enable her to carry on losing weight, and this is something we will discuss with potential owners.”
Staff feel Motsy would be best suited to an adult home with no other pets with a secure garden or a catio for her to spend time outside.