An overweight rescue cat which is twice the size of a normal puss is looking for a new home – but only after going on diet.
Roly-poly Tiger, 11, is on a strict eating and exercise programme after arriving at the Blue Cross weighing a whopping 16lb.
This is almost twice as heavy as the average domestic cat and she is now working hard to get down to around 10lb.
Tiger had been adopted by her owner from the same centre in Cambridge at the age of two and spent nine years living the life of luxury.
But the black and white cat’s owner recently passed away and she has been returned to the charity.
Her underbelly is now so vast it is almost rubs against the ground as she walks.
Despite her size, staff at the charity say she gets around, is quite active and enjoys playing.
However, it is still important to reduced the affectionate animal’s weight due to he potential health problems she could face.
Blue Cross yesterday (Weds) appealed for help in finding Tiger a new home – with whoever adopts her to hold back on the treats.
Pauline Ranner, deputy manager at Blue Cross, Cambridge, said she hopes Tiger’s new owner holds back on the treats.
“Tiger first arrived with us nine years ago as a pregnant stray,” she explained.
“We were sad to hear her owner had died and that Tiger needed to return to us to find a new home.
“When she arrived we were surprised to see how much she had grown – in every direction.
“While she may have enjoyed being spoilt rotten we do need her to shed the pounds because, as with us humans, obesity can lead to some serious health problems.
“She is now on a special diet which she will need to remain on when we find her a loving new home.”
For more information about Tiger, Blue Cross and pet care advice visit www.bluecross.org.uk