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DALLAS (KTVT/CBS) – A cat's struggle with obesity has inspired a Twitter page full of supporters and many people fighting their own battles with weight.
The cat that veterinarians call Skinny showed up at the Eastlake Pet Orphanage weighing 42 pounds. The cat was so fat doctors thought it was a female.
His wrists and ankles shake under his weight so he has to move very quickly and in short spurts.
Dr. Brittney Barton believes he got so big because he grew up on a human diet.
"I suspect someone was probably sharing their pizza and cake and cookies and chips," Barton said.
After a cautious exercise regimen and a strict diet of cat food Skinny is down to 37 pounds, but he is still grossly overweight.
Barton doesn't expect he will ever live up to his name, but the doctors have hope he can lead a healthy life.
The Twitter page in Skinny's name has attracted almost 500 followers.
Skinny is so popular people sign up and volunteer just to come sit with him.
He's shy now, but the vet hopes he warms up and gets healthy enough to become available for adoption.
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