A true fat cat was dropped off at a shelter in the Phoenix area this week.
The aptly named “Meatball” tipped the scales at 36 pounds when he was brought to a shelter in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, on Tuesday, according to the Arizona Republic.
The big cat was then taken to a Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter in Phoenix, where he was receiving “extra attention” to help him drop some weight, the newspaper reported.
Meatball, a 4-year-old domestic shorthair, was dropped off by a woman who could no longer care for him, a shelter official told the paper.
“He’s got a great temperament. He’s very sweet, he loves attention. Anytime someone comes into the office he wants to be pet,” said Melissa Gable, a spokeswoman for the animal care department. “He rolls over and exposes his belly.”
Meatball was not up for adoption and still needed to lose a lot of weight, she said.
The giant feline shares a name with another celebrity animal who is more familiar to Southern Californians: Meatball the Glendale Bear, aka Glenbearian.
After repeated appearances in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, Meatball was moved in 2012 to a sanctuary in San Diego County.