Meow the 39-Pound Cat Dies
Meow the Cat Dies from Heart Failure
Meow the Cat, who rose to internet stardom due to his weight, has passed away. Meow the Cat weighed 39 pounds. Meow had been wheezing for a few days, and died on May 5, 2012 due to lung failure. Meow was around two years old.
Meow the Cat had become a mainstream celebrity as well, appearing with (and eclipsing) Anderson Cooper: you can see the video below.
Meow was brought to the Santa Fe Humane Society after his elderly owner could no longer care for him, and the massive cat was placed in a foster home. Gawker reports that Meow the Cat was euthanized, but we're not seeing any mention of that in the linked reports.
Here is the death announcement for Meow, from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society's 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"