Looking at the photos of this huge cat, one might think that the images have been retouched. At 15 kg, Bronson weighs more than twice as much as a medium-sized cat, and to some it looks like a version of Garfield in real life, but let’s just say that his condition isn’t funny at all.

Bronson’s size shocked everyone when he was left to the West Michigan Humane Society after his owner died. The association staff believes that it has been fed high-carbohydrate croquettes several times during the day, for a long period of time.

 

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Bronson’s training for the next kitten bowl. ???

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Bronson has now been adopted by Mike Wilson, 35, and Megan Hanneman, 29. The couple was upset when they met the cat: “When we first saw Bronson we were shocked because we had never seen a cat of its size. It was huge. It really needed help,” Mike said.

The new owners of Bronson think that his previous owner (who they believe to have been an elderly person not very mobile) gave him too much food and in a continuous way. Initially, the shelter suspected that Bronson might have had some health problems that caused his impressive weight. However, all tests did not show any pathologies.

Under the supervision of a veterinarian (and “live” on Instagram), the new owners have reduced Bronson’s calorie intake to just 375 calories a day. The cat is forced to break its dangerous kibble addiction; now he only eats moist cat food, without cereals and low fat. He also did hydrotherapy to lose weight. What’s more, it is important that Bronson loses weight quickly because he has a broken tooth that needs to be removed. His current weight, however, makes it impossible to use anesthetic for the operation.

 

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Here’s a picture of Bronson from back in October. Either his head’s grown larger or his body’s gotten smaller. ?

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Bronson has adapted to his new diet, and has already lost a pound and a half, but continues to ask to eat. “He likes food, and he keeps asking for more,” says Mike. “He wakes us up in the middle of the night meowing for a snack .”

Cats like Bronson remind us that pets often don’t have the idea of ​​”too much food”: their natural instinct certainly helps them survive when food is scarce, but when it is abundant, it can lead to overeating and many health problems. It is therefore important to remember that you should not feed them just because they are asking for food.