39-pound cat Meow dies of pulmonary failure

meow-39-pound-cat-dies-obese-santa-fe-animal-shelter-facebook.jpgMeow, the 39-pound cat who made headlines due to his extreme size, died Saturday (May 5) at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society. He was only 2 years old but weighed the equivalent of a 600-pound human.

Meow was relinquished by his 87-year-old owner in April and had been on a diet since then, gradually losing weight under the care of his foster owner.  

His death was announced Monday on the shelter's Facebook page.  

"I am devastated to share with you that the respiratory distress that Meow was experiencing last week took his life," executive director Mary Martin writes. "Although four different veterinarians worked with Meow, we were unable to stop the progression of what turned out to be pulmonary failure."  

R.I.P., big guy.
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