“It’s jaw-dropping how large he is — and how long he is, too,” Darci VanderSlik, director of communications for the SPCA of Wake County, told The Dodo. “He’s 34 inches long, so he’s a very square cat.”
Bazooka Joe entered the North Carolina shelter system when his former owner passed away. The large cat arrived at the shelter matted and dirty because his size prevents him from caring for his coat adequately — and there a lot of fur to care for.
“He’s struggling to groom himself properly, he’s struggling to play with toys, to do what normal cats do,” VanderSlik said. “But he’s still very agile for the state that he’s in — he’ll jump up on the bed and climb up the stairs.”