From fat cat to slim kitty — a Texas feline is showing off his new look, which just may have saved his life.
An orange tabby cat named Skinny, who was found abandoned in the backyard of a Richardson residence in 2012 weighing a whopping 41 pounds, is now a svelte 19 pounds and wears his name proudly, the Dallas Morning News reports.
“I’m happy where he is at this point in time,” Dr. Brittney Barton, who adopted the cat in 2013, told the newspaper. “The rest is just excess skin.”
Skinny gained worldwide attention after he was found and taken to the Richardson Animal Shelter and then to East Lake Pet Orphanage, both in the Dallas metropolitan area. He reportedly suffered from health issues due to his weight and had a walking range of no more than five feet.
Barton adopted Skinny, then moved him with her to her practice at HEAL Veterinary Hospital in Dallas. Skinny reportedly roams the clinic during the week and on the weekend, spends time with Barton and her family.
Controlled access to food, increased activity and, of course, all the love and attention have helped the adorable cat slim down: In September 2013, Skinny reportedly hit 27 pounds; in March 2014, he was 22 pounds, 12 ounces; and since May, has weighed in at a lean 19 pounds.
Take a look at some of inspiring workout techniques Barton employed to help Skinny get… well, skinny:
“He’s doing great,” Barton said. “He’s a very handsome cat.”