NEW YORK — MAY 24: Kendra Mara, Associate Director at Animal Haven poses for a photograph with 33lb cat named Spongebob on diet and exercise program on May 24, 2012 in New York City.
ONE OF the world’s heaviest has sadly passed away. Spongebob — a ginger tom topping the scales at 33lbs — died on August 3. Earlier this year the big moggy, age nine, had been given a new life with owners after New York City’s rescue centre Animal Haven re-homed him. Courtney and Matt Farrell, of New York, took him home after spotting him at a benefit gala for the shelter on June 7. He was given a clean bill of health by vet’s at the time of his adoption, ut illness suddenly took hold of Spongebob. While his weight was not the cause of his illness, it did make it too dangerous for vets to operate. About two weeks before slipping away, Spongebob developed coughing fits attributed to asthma. Vets tried antibiotics and an inhaler, but ‘Bob’s’ breathing problems worsened. X-rays then showed a growth surrounding the cat’s heart, which was putting pressure on it. Sadly, because of his weight Bob was in danger of dying on the operating table from the anaesthesia. Matt and Courtney sadly made the decision to let Bob go and remained with him as he passed, giving him love to the end.
PHOTOGRAPH BY Laurentiu Garofeanu / Barcroft USA
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