SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA – “Farewell, Old Friend,” reads the first line of Fat Boy’s obituary.
On January 27, 2016, the big guy passed on.
For many years, the large feline called the Moose Jaw Humane Societyhome and served as the shelter’s mascot.
“He was always a hefty fellow, and because he didn’t comfortably fit into any of the standard shelter cages, was given free range around the building while he was looking for his forever home,” the shelter wrote in its recent Facebook tribute.
“Time and again, he was passed over for adoption and eventually became an unofficial staff member with important duties; helping to keep the laundry warm, checking treat supplies, and holding down blankets.”
The message explains that the cat, who was “surrendered to the shelter for over-eating” passed away with his adopted Moose Jaw Humane Society family surrounding him, following a quick decline in his health.
Fat Boy first captured headlines in 2011, as the poster boy for feline health everywhere.
When he was brought to the shelter, he weighed a 24 staggering pounds. Like many of us, he liked a snack or two before bed and struggled with dieting.
Many news outlets reported on his struggles with over-eating, an affliction that affects many house cats.
“Eventually staff figured out that Fat Boy had figured out a way to sneak food out of other cats’ pens, by flipping over their food bowls and eating the scattered kibble,” reads a CBC news article from 2013.
“Once they solved that problem, the weight loss started to take hold. Fans of the big guy have followed his progress on the Humane Society’s Facebook page.”
There were many following reports chronicling the beloved cat’s subsequent success.
“Our Fat Boy, despite the sudden fame, remained humble at heart, and graciously accepted the admiration of his new friends, both at home and abroad,” reads the cat’s obituary.
“Fat Boy, you were the best ambassador we could have ever hoped for, and your time with us has left some very big foot prints on all of our hearts.”