It seems that cat obesity and, sadly, high-profile deaths by the resulting complications might become a trend this year, with the fat cat Sponge Bob being the latest to go.
First we had Meow, who tipped the scales at a whopping 39 pounds. In what seemed to be a trail of tragedy, both Meow and his human companion suffered, and after his elderly owner could no longer properly care for the big kitty, he was relinquished to a shelter, whose staff put the fat feline on a diet and exercise regimen to help him lose weight. Meow was a trooper, but he crossed the Rainbow Bridge when his lungs failed.
Then we heard about Sponge Bob, who weighed a little less than Meow, so his prognosis seemed a little more optimistic. He was adopted by a loving and devoted couple who blogged about his weight loss journey and tenderly cared for the special-needs cat. Despite their efforts, however, Sponge Bob developed an inoperable heart growth, and he passed away last week.
His guardians, Courtney and Matthew Farrell, made a moving tribute to the handsome ginger kitty … and we suggest you pull up a box of tissues before hitting play.
May you rest in peace, sweet Sponge Bob, and may you be a svelte 10 pounds up in the big cat condo in the sky. May your life not be in vain and may you remind us to live happy, healthy lives, and to be kind and forgiving when we cannot understand some of the misfortunes that befall ourselves and others.
Story and photos via Sponge Bob’s Tumblr