Symba the cat has been making headlines all across the nation for one reason and one reason only: He’s really, really fat.
Employees of the Washington D.C. Humane Society were shocked when the 35-pound feline was brought into their facilities last week.
Their staff “has seen a lot – but we’ve never seen a 35-pound cat!” they Tweeted, along with photos of Symba.
The images of the massive creature quickly went viral as shelter workers focused on getting Symba on a diet and finding his forever home.
They started feeding him 2/3 a cup of food every 12 hours, which Symba can only get to once he’s solved puzzles.
He was also put on a new exercise routine, though he gets out of breath after just a few steps.
His trainers encourage him to keep walking on his electric cat wheel, sometimes having to physically block the orange tabby from half-hearted escape attempts.
Symba needs to lose about 15 pounds to get to his goal weight. Otherwise, his “sweet face and mellow disposition” make him the perfect animal companion.
Those assets, along with his newly minted Internet fame, are probably why the six-year-old was quickly adopted, to the delight of Humane Society staff.
We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Symba. We're even more thrilled this sweet kitty found a loving, new home today! pic.twitter.com/Va6oI7N7f4
— Humane Rescue (@HumaneRescue) June 16, 2017
“The first order of business is to get him to a vet, because they have been feeding him some weight maintenance weight food,” Symba’s new mom said.
That, and expanding the cat door.