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Tipping the Scales: Getting Fat Cats Up and Out

If holiday partying has made your jeans snug, you’re probably eager to shed a few pounds. Losing weight is even more cumbersome for fat cats confined in small cages. Thinking big can help you find homes for your chubby kitties.

Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard, Ohio, houses fat cats in an area called Weight-Loss Camp, where they have room to burn a few extra calories. The shelter offers fat cats for $15 each, or two for $20, a huge discount from the usual adoption fee of $70 per adult cat. This year’s fattest cat was a 6-year-old shorthair who weighed in at 23 pounds.

Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Lynnwood, Wash., conducted a blog/Facebook challenge to get donated work-to-eat cat toys. PAWS explained how these toys help the cats, videotaped the cats enjoying the toys, and directed people to specific toys on Amazon.com, which made it easy for the donor to buy and ship their purchase to the shelter.

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