Meows weight problems and heavyset frame made the cat in demand as far as television goes making appearances on Today and Anderson 360 during this poor cat brief life. His death was announced today by the Humane Society’s executive director Mary Martin:
She wrote the following on a Facebook page:
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’s former owner and elderly person in Roswell New Mexico gave up the cat back in April because of Meow’s health issues and mobility problems. With the help of the people at the Humane Society Meow slowly started to lose weight but in the end all that excess pounds and up costing this cat its life.
It’s a sad story and hopefully it doesn’t happen again. Part of me thinks that maybe if he wasn’t whisked away all over the country, he wouldn’t have the stressed induced asthma that was his demise.