When Lucky was rescued, the cat was severely overweight and covered in thick, matted fur.
Concerned neighbours had alerted the RSPCA after spotting a huge lump on Lucky’s back when they went to feed him at his owner’s house.
When RSPCA staff went into the property in Brownhills in Walsall on 25 June, they were shocked to discover that the growth was actually a large mass of matted fur.
A vet checkup revealed that as well as being covered in tangled fur, Lucky also weighed in at 7kg – more than twice the weight of an average adult cat.
Lucky is now being cared for at Hillfield Animal Home, where he has been put on a strict diet so he can lose some weight before he is rehomed.
RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley said: ‘Neighbours were concerned about Lucky after popping in to take care of him while his owner was away from home and unable to care for him.
‘It seems as though he was being fed but not getting enough exercise and unfortunately has become very overweight.
‘Lucky had a massive matt on his back probably because he couldn’t groom properly and was unable to wash due to his weight.’
Cyan Hulland, from the animal home, said: ‘He is very shy and doesn’t move around a lot but he is a very sweet boy.
‘Hopefully, when he trusts us better and loses a bit of that weight, he will be more active and show his personality.’
It may be a while before Lucky is ready to go to a new home, but if you’ve fallen in love you can keep up to date on how he’s getting on through the Hillfield Animal Home website.
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