Tiggy the cat is feeling pawsitively purr-fect after shedding a quarter of his body weight.
Nine-year-old Tiggy came into the care of the staff at Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home tipping the scales at a claw-ful 11.7kg.
Marie Simpson, manager of the centre, said: “Tiggy came to us back in October and when he came out of the box we were amazed.
“It was just more and more cat which kept coming out of the box.
“We had to get him on the scales because we were amazed at the size he was – he was quite a chunky boy.
“This is the biggest cat we’ve seen in the last 30 years – I don’t think the staff have seen a cat this big before.
“Our vet was also surprised when they came up to see him and put him on a very strict diet.”
The pudgy puss was put on a fur-midable weight-loss regime consisting of special diet cat food and exercise to get down to the 7.9kg he currently stands at six months later.
Before slimming down, Tiggy’s size did not allow him to safely climb the ramp which leads to the cat beds in the centre.
Marie added: “We had to keep his bed separate on the ground because he couldn’t get up (the ramp).
“We fed Tiggy little portions of weight management cat food over six months.
“But we couldn’t make the transition too fast, we had to watch how much we were feeding him because we didn’t want to shock his body and make him ill.
“We’re not sure how Tiggy got this big but it’s clear he loves his food and likes to eat. Getting him to gradually eat less but feel just as full was our main concern.
“There can be a lot of dangers with this type of weight gain, the same as you would see in a human.
“It’s been a slow process to make sure he continued to lose the weight steadily, but it was possible with the help of the staff.
“They would get down on the floor and play with him.
“We’d bring out the toys, have him chase some of them. Getting him active was important – I think it was good exercise for the staff too.”
She added: “Tiggy is now more active and definitely enjoying life better.
“He is an extremely affectionate boy who loves nothing more than a good ear scratch and there are already a lot of people interested in rehoming him.”