Mitzi The Cat Returned To Animal Shelter For Fourth Time
One of Britain's fattest cats is looking for her forever home once again after being returned to the shelter for the fourth time.
Mitzi tipped the scales at 7.7kgs (16lbs) - almost double her recommended weight, and she was quickly put on a diet by the animal shelter's staff.
But despite their best efforts and a strict diet, Mitzi has been sent back for a fourth time in less than two years just months after being rehomed.
The shelter has now issued yet another appeal for help find Mitzi her "forever" home but they accept her needs are challenging.
Staff at Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plymouth, Devon, said the constant to-ing and fro-ing is having a negative impact on the fluffy feline.
Mitzi was first taken to the shelter in May 2017, and volunteers thought she had been fed by students at different addresses.
But she was moved onto a slimming diet, and found herself a new home quickly.
However, the new owner struggled to cope with the gigantic feline, who is thought to be around eight-years-old.
She then found three other homes but was again unable to settle and kept ending up back at the shelter.
Mitzi's is the slimmest she's ever been at 5.48kg, but Woodside's assistant manager Lisa Darcy said it can be harder for cats to shift weight when they're at the shelter. An average domestic cat weighs in at around 4.5kg.
She 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."
Explaining Mitzi's needs, Lisa continued: "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."
Anyone able to help can call Woodside on 01752 347503 or visit their website here.
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