Adopt This Fat Cat And Help Him Lose Weight

Symba tips the scales at 35 pounds and needs a family that can help him stick to his new weight-loss program.

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He's a big boy. Via Humane Rescue Alliance/Facebook
Stephanie Brown

A 35-pound cat in Washington, D.C., needs a new home — and to go on a diet.

Symba is 6 years old. He came to the Humane Rescue Alliance after his owner moved into an assisted living center, which doesn’t allow pets.

When rescue staff first saw Symba, they couldn’t believe how big he was.

“HRA staff have seen a lot — but we’ve never seen a 35 pound cat!” rescue staff posted on Facebook yesterday. “At 6-years-old, Symba is bigger than a lion cub and we know he’d be much more comfortable if he slimmed down a bit.”

HRA staff have seen a lot — but we’ve never seen a 35 pound cat! At 6-years-old, Symba is bigger than a lion cub and we…

Posted by Humane Rescue Alliance on Thursday, June 15, 2017

Because he is so overweight, the rescue alliance’s medical team said he is at an “increased risk of health complications.” The average domestic house cat should weigh about 8 to 10 pounds, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, though that can vary by breed.

Staff immediately started Symba on a weight-loss program that includes a better diet — he receives 2/3 cup of food every 12 hours — and more physical activity. His goal weight is about 18 to 20 pounds.

“Right now, he can only take a few steps at a time without getting short of breath,” staff said in a blog post. For now, he’s being encouraged to “learn to walk on a ‘cat wheel.’”

Humane Rescue Alliance is looking for potential adopters who can continue to work with Symba on his weight-loss program and help him get healthy. Those interested should contact the rescue’s New York Avenue adoption center at or 202-727–7369.

We’re rooting for you, Symba!

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