A Fresh Start for Patches: 40-Pound Shelter Cat Finds a Forever Home and a Tailored Diet!

Tackling Feline Obesity: The Inspirational Journey of Patches the Cat

Obesity among cats has become a prominent issue, impacting their health and overall quality of life. Multiple factors contribute to weight gain in cats, such as overfeeding, lack of physical activity, and genetic predisposition. While this concern is widespread, some cases demand immediate attention.

Meet Patches: A Cat with a Weighty Problem

One such extraordinary case is that of Patches, a cat who tipped the scales at a whopping 40.3 pounds when taken in by Richmond Animal Care and Control. The good news is that Kay Ford, a dedicated cat lover, soon adopted Patches. Upon seeing Patches’ photo on the shelter’s Facebook page, Kay knew she had to intervene. She immediately embarked on a mission to give Patches a new lease on life.


Navigating the weight issue was a two-person job—literally. To take Patches home, Kay needed assistance carrying his cage out of the shelter. Today, Patches enjoys the company of two other pets in Kay’s household: another cat named Wellesley and a 13-year-old Yorkie called Bella. Although Wellesley initially kept his distance, the two cats eventually became friends, much to the delight of everyone involved.

A Detailed Plan for Patches’ Weight Loss

Kay wasn’t one to take Patches’ health lightly. She meticulously developed a weight loss plan after consulting a veterinarian. Opting for an all-wet food diet with occasional kibble, she understood that Patches’ size would make traditional exercise challenging. To combat this, Kay initiated 10-minute play sessions four times a day. Additionally, playtime with Wellesley became a spontaneous form of physical activity, often taking place in the wee hours of the night.

Not content with just helping Patches, Kay also decided to document his weight loss journey on Facebook. This digital diary has not only kept people updated on Patches’ progress but has also served as an inspiration for those grappling with pet obesity. Thanks to the widespread attention, the page has even received a donated cat wheel from a caring follower.


In conclusion, Kay’s dedication has not only given Patches a fighting chance at a healthier life but also highlighted the importance of supporting local animal shelters. These shelters are crucial in providing care and protection to animals in need, just like Patches. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Kay for her unyielding commitment to helping Patches achieve his weight loss goal.