28-Lb Tabby Finds Home and Purrsonal Trainer

August 15, 2013 |

Fat Albert needed a home. But not just any home — he needed to live with someone committed to helping Albert lose half of his body weight. Because Albert isn’t just fat; at 28 pounds, he is morbidly obese.

Enter Mary Barker. She heard about Albert via social media when his photos went viral after he was left at the  Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility in Mesa, AZ earlier this month. Mary decided to adopt him because she specializes in special-needs cats and can’t resist a challenge.

“He’s gonna require a lot of daily work to help him become the cat that he should be,” Barker said. “It’s pretty terrible that he got in this condition.”

She should be well-equipped to face the challenge of getting Albert back into shape: one of her cats has injuries from being severely wounded and another is an amputee. 

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Experts estimate it will take at least two years to bring Albert down to his ideal weight. Barker is working with her vet to develop a weight-loss plan that balances caloric intake and exercise.  

“I’m really excited about Albert. I haven’t had one as big as he is before,” Barker said. “There will be a little bit of a learning curve.”

 

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com. She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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