While the company offered no reason for its decision, the aftershocks of Cleo-gate are all too readily apparent.
Braydon Dennee first photographed Cleo when he happened upon her during a trip to the mall.
"You could see every single bone in her body," Denee told The Dodo in January. In addition, he said, the kitten appeared listless in her enclosure.
"She wasn't fighting back," Denee said. "She was just getting beat up by this other kitten."