R.I.P. Meow

May 7, 2012 / Posted by:

The worst day of the week just got a whole lot worse. Meow, the 39-pound cat, who captured the hearts of America and taught The Silver Fox how to love pussy, is now up in heaven where diets do not exist and the all-you-can-eat tuna buffet is always open. Meow was put to sleep over the weekend because his heart and lungs just wouldn’t let him be great. Meow was only 2 years old. Mary Martin, the director of animal shelter in Santa Fe, NM where Meow was living announced the sad news on Facebook this morning:

Dear Friends,

I am devastated to share with you that the respiratory distress that Meow was experiencing last week (the reason we did not do his weigh-in) took his life at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The Shelter staff – along with all those who met Meow during his short time with us – mourn his passing. As many of you are aware, Meow began wheezing last Thursday in his foster home, Dr. Jen began trying to sort out the problem, at first considering the possibility of asthma associated with his weight. She started treatment immediately to ease his breathing and, when Meow didn’t improve, she sought additional help for him from our emergency specialty hospital and an additional private veterinary hospital. Although four different veterinarians worked with Meow, we were unable to stop the progression of what turned out to be pulmonary failure. Meow had been doing so well in his foster home; walking up stairs and seeking affection – that it is so very hard to believe he is gone. We will forever be grateful for the attention Meow’s size brought to pet obesity and to animal shelters across the country. We are especially grateful to all of you who fell in love with this charming cat – as we did – and were so very interested in his progress and success.

With gratitude, Mary Martin

Meow became famous two weeks ago when his elderly owner turned him into the shelter so they could help him lose the chunk. Meow was put on a diet, lost a couple of pounds and was slowly starting to become mobile again.

Farewell, Meow. You brought joy to many and really brought joy to me by falling back into Mah Boo’s loving arms.

Now let’s honor Meow by pouring a can of Fancy Feast (flavor: lasagna) into our mouth holes.

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