RIP Meow, The 39-Pound Cat

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Heaven just got a little bit heavier. :(

Meow the 39-pound-cat — the equivalent of a 600-pound human — shockingly passed away from obesity-related health problems. Or perhaps the shock of getting to meet Anderson Cooper or hearing about Falling Bear’s death was too much for little huge Meow to bear (no pun intended).

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society posted the real cause of Meow’s premature demise on their Facebook page.

Dear Friends,
I am devastated to share with you that the respiratory distress that Meow was experiencing last week (the reason we did not do his weigh-in) took his life at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The Shelter staff – along with all those who met Meow during his short time with us – mourn his passing. As many of you are aware, Meow began wheezing last Thursday in his foster home, Dr. Jen began trying to sort out the problem, at first considering the possibility of asthma associated with his weight. She started treatment immediately to ease his breathing and, when Meow didn’t improve, she sought additional help for him from our emergency specialty hospital and an additional private veterinary hospital. Although four different veterinarians worked with Meow, we were unable to stop the progression of what turned out to be pulmonary failure. Meow had been doing so well in his foster home; walking up stairs and seeking affection – that it is so very hard to believe he is gone. We will forever be grateful for the attention Meow’s size brought to pet obesity and to animal shelters across the country. We are especially grateful to all of you who fell in love with this charming cat – as we did – and were so very interested in his progress and success. With gratitude, Mary Martin

BRB, going to go listen to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” on repeat while staring at this picture:

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