Jan 30, 2014 1:51 PM by Associated Press

Arizona shelter has 36-pound cat

PHOENIX - An Arizona animal shelter has a rather large cat on its hands.

The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control recently received a 36-pound cat at one of its shelters in the Phoenix area.

The cat named "Meatball" is temporarily staying in an office at the shelter because he's too large to fit into a standard kennel.

KNXV-V ( ) reports that the cat is not available for adoption.

Instead, the shelter is trying to place him with a rescue organization that helps overweight cats.

The shelter says Meatball is extremely friendly and says he can comfortably walk despite his weight. In 2013 Maricopa Animal Care received a stray cat weighing 28 pounds.

The largest cat on record is a 46-pound cat from Queensland.


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