Obese Rescue Cat Was So Neglected She Ballooned To 33 Pounds

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Sprinkles is a sweet cat who needs a lot of help. When her owners surrendered her to a New Jersey shelter last week she weighed in at a whopping 33 pounds, about three times what her rescuers believe she should weigh.

Like many dangerously obese animals, Sprinkles probably ballooned to such an extreme weight due to neglect - had her former owners been paying attention, they would have noticed that the 4-year-old black and white kitty was unable to groom herself or move around easily. When she was taken in by S.O.S. Sea Isle City Cats, Sprinkles was suffering from fleas, ear mites and an infection on her bottom.

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Rescuers had to move Sprinkles in a dog crate. "We've seen fat cats at 20 to 25 pounds but this is just obscene," Stacey Olandt, a volunteer with the cat rescue, told the Press Of Atlantic City. "This is similar to a 600 or 700 pound human that should weigh 180 pounds."

With the right forever home, Sprinkles should be able to lose the weight, and the veterinarian who is treating her has offered to remove any excess skin once Sprinkles slims down. Now her rescuers are just hoping they can find someone who will go the distance with Sprinkles.

"She's sweet, sweet, sweet," Olandt said. "I've never seen so many people broken-hearted and hopeful at the same time."

There's plenty of hope for obese animals to be rehabilitated with a little bit of love. Last year Obie the dachshund dropped 50 pounds and became a calendar model with the help of his new family.