Tiny the “wonder” cat was dropped off on Dec. 30 at the Fredericton SPCA in a box with another, smaller, cat.
By looking at the size of the box, the SPCA staff thought it contained donations of office supplies. Until the box meowed.
Tiny is the largest cat that has ever been seen at the Fredericton SPCA. He is three times the size of an average cat.
When he first arrived on Dec. 30, he weighed 30.2 pounds (13.6 kilograms).
The Fredericton SPCA staff were immediately concerned about Tiny’s long-term health because obesity is a risk factor for feline diabetes, breathing problems and arthritis.
So, the local office has decided to put Tiny on a weight-loss challenge as a way to raise funds for his special diet.
The canned cat food is estimated to cost $4 to $5 per day.
Tiny moved to a foster home on Thursday and a local veterinarian has volunteered to monitor his diet free of charge.
So far, Tiny's arrival at the Fredericton SPCA has sparked international headlines and a tremendous amount of attention on social media sites in the last week.
Check back for regular updates on Tiny's big weight loss challenge.