28-pound cat named Albert adopted by Flagstaff woman

PHOENIX - Albert, the "extra fluffy" kitty taken in by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has a new "furrever" home.

MCACC spokeswoman Melissa Gable says the 28-pound cat was adopted by a Flagstaff woman.

Gable said the woman has other cats with "special needs."

Officials say "Albert" was brought into the shelter as a stray.

Gable said because of his large size, Albert has trouble walking, grooming and using the litterbox. The extra-large is kitty already neutered and declawed.

MCACC staff says Albert's weight is a good reminder about the importance of keeping pets physically fit.

Gable reminds pet owners, animal obesity can lead to weight-related disorders such as hypertension and osteoarthritis. In addition, overweight cats are four times more likely to develop diabetes.

Just like in human weight loss, there is no easy fix for cats. Gable said weight loss in cats should be deliberately slow because cats that lose weight too fast can develop life-threatening liver disease.

Gable said Albert is expected to go home on Thursday.


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