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Chubby Hairless Cat Weighed Three Times What He Was Supposed To

He worked so hard — and look at him now!

Everything changed for a beautiful hairless cat named Boo when his family realized that their toddler was allergic to him. 

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

Boo, an elf cat, was put in a separate part of the house while the family tried to figure out what to do — and, often, his only comfort was his food.  

Overweight elf cat
Courtney Haney

That's how Boo got to weigh a whopping 25 pounds — about three times the weight his breed should normally weigh.

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

Things got more complicated when the family found out they had another baby on the way, and eventually Boo was given up — but thankfully he found the perfect family who loved him exactly as he was, while also helping him get trim and healthy again.

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

"At his old home he was kept in a room with food down 24/7 with little interaction," Courtney Haney, Boo's rescuer, told The Dodo. "Once we took him in, we put him on a feeding schedule of two wet foods a day and some dry mixed in throughout the day."

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

Lamb, another hairless cat in his new family, became fast friends with him — and she even helped him exercise.

"We played with him and Lamb a lot so he became pretty active," Haney said. 

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

Slowly but surely, Boo started shedding the pounds. And when the family adopted a rescue dog, Penny Lane, the playtime (and healthy exercise) became even more frequent.

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

"Penny and Boo are partners in crime," Haney said. "They’ll help each other steal food off the counter."

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

With the help of Lamb and Penny Lane, Boo lost over 8 pounds, and now his vet says that he's healthy once again. 

"It took us about two years to get him down to the 16 pounds he is now and he’s been able to stay that way with his daily activity and feeding schedule," Haney said. "Boo has lost a third of his body weight!"

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

But that doesn't mean his enthusiasm for a good dinner is any less strong. 

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

"He still LOVES food," Haney said. "He’ll ... use his huge paws to open the dog treat containers and run off with biscuits."

Chubby hairless cat goes on weight-loss challenge
Courtney Haney

"As I’m writing this, he actually stole a whole piece of chicken off my plate," she added.