Cat dubbed ‘fattest stray in Britain’ returns to shelter despite shedding weight

Cat dubbed ‘fattest stray in Britain’ returns to shelter despite shedding weight

A cat which weighed a whopping eight kilos despite living most of her life as a stray has been returned to an animal shelter for the fourth time.

Mitzi, believed to be around eight-years-old, became an internet sensation after pictures emerged of her at her largest.

She has now managed to drop to her lowest weight of 5.48kg – but a healthy cat usually weighs around 4kg.

Mitzi ended up back at Woodside Animal Welfare Trust near Plymouth, Devon, after another change in circumstance for the owner.

Staff at the centre today told Plymouth Live the constant to-ing and fro-ing is having a negative impact on the moggy.

It is believed Mitzi ballooned to almost twice the weight of a healthy cat after students fed her at different addresses across the port city.

But she was unable to find a permanent home.

Lisa Darcy, assistant manager at Woodside Animal Welfare Trust, said: "We’re disappointed she hasn’t quite managed to find that match yet but she is so well loved by staff here. We will continue to stand by her and help with her diet. She is still quite barrel looking but we are half way their [to get to a safe weight].

"She is a bit of a grumpy girl but with her weight loss and through gaining mobility that could change.


"She’s getting a bit fed up of it [coming back]. She’s like ‘great, I’m back here again’ and I think it is impacting her mentally as she can’t ever feel completely settled here.

"She needs a child free home, and she’s not keen on other animals either. We’re looking for a particular type of home and an owner who can’t be fooled by her cuteness or her eyes for Dreamies.

"We completely understand [that circumstances change] and we are grateful for [Mitzi’s past owners] for trying."

If you believe you can give Mitzi a home, get in touch with Woodside.

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