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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:32 AM

Meow the 39-pound cat dies

Meow the 39-pound cat dies

We are sad to report that Meow, the pudgy but adorable cat who charmed TODAY talent and viewers alike when he visited the show April 23, died over the weekend after developing unexpected respiratory difficulties.

"We are devastated," said Mary Martin, executive director of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, which was caring for the obese orange-and-white tabby. "We were in a race against time to get the weight off Meow before he developed complications from his obesity, and we lost."


Meow tipped the scales at over 39 pounds when she came to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in Santa Fe, N.M..

"When we first heard Meow wheezing, we attributed it to possible allergies or the fact that he was moving around more in his foster home," said Jennifer Steketee, the veterinarian who accompanied Meow to TODAY last month. But when the 2-year-old cat's symptoms worsened, he was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital. Sadly, the best efforts of several specialists were in vain.
"His extreme obesity may have set off a string of events that ultimately ended his life," Steketee said.

http://animaltracks.today.com/_news/2012/05/07/11579806-meow-the-39-pound-cat-dies?lite

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kestrel91316 Dec 2012 #3
TlalocW Dec 2012 #5

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:34 AM

1. Didn't this happen last spring?

Poor Meow..

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:36 AM

2. You are correct - came up on my recent news though...weird

Still worth discussing again I suppose

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:56 AM

4. Yeah, but it has seven more lives left

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:54 AM

3. Cardiac disease >>> thromboembolism >>>

death or the big blue needle.

That's MY educated guess.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:24 AM

5. That cat only weighed 39 pounds?

He looks bigger than that. I had a cat when growing up that weighed between 25 and 30 and was a lot smaller, but he was apparently all muscle. We lived on the edge of town with a wheatfield butting up against the backyard. Plenty of mice to chase and other cats to fight.

TlalocW

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