A STRAY cat who was found under a bush in Sanders Park after surviving on takeaways is in need of a home.
Five-year-old Sandy was taken to Bromsgrove’s Blue Cross rehoming centre and was given the biggest cat pen to stay in as she weighed more than 15lb, which for her relatively small bone structure is heavily obese.
Due to her size, Sandy hasn’t been able to groom herself so needed some of the matted fur shaved off.
She also has dental problems because of her poor diet and further health problems due to her obesity.
The team have introduced a special diet and she is banned from any treats and snacks to get her to a healthy target weight of 5kg.
To distract her from demanding grub she is being played with and fussed over. Her pen is also kept interesting with new toys, games and objects for her to play with and investigate.
She would love a home with no other pets and her new owners will also have to have strong willpower to resist her pleas for food.
Her exercise regime will need to be built up gradually because she gets tired very quickly carrying the weight around, even after short sessions.
She is a very inquisitive cat who loves to know what is going on and watch the world go by, a garden would also be great for her as it will encourage her to explore and keep moving about.
Laura Coveney, Animal Welfare Supervisor at Blue Cross said: “I haven’t seen a cat so overweight in a long time.
“While we don’t know how she became a stray or what she got up to during that time, it is likely she has been surviving on scraps of human food like takeaways.
“Because of her weight she has not been able to carry out normal cat behaviour like grooming and playing but we are aiming to get her back to her proper cat self in no time.”
Visit www.bluecross.org.uk or call the centre on 0300 777 1460 for more information on Sandy, other pets needing a home or to make a donation towards their care.