Mega pets: The great Gatsby

Last updated 10:01 03/04/2013
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Kelly Sharp and Gatsby

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Introducing the real life Garfield, our cat Gatsby - named after the character from The Great Gatsby (as he is so great!).

We adopted all 7.5kgs Gatsby from the SPCA when he was two years old. It was touch and go for a few days whether we could adopt him or not as the vet thought he had asthma. Turns out he just wheezes because of the pressure on his airways from being so big.

But it doesn't seem to bother him, he is a happy, cuddly lap-cat. He is on a diet and has since gone down to 7kg, but we can't seem to get him to lose any more weight. It's not that he eats too much, it's more that he doesn't do a lot. A busy day for Gatsby is moving from the couch to the food bowl and to the bed, and maybe finding a sunny spot in the garden for a while.

In case he does get up the energy to wander in to the neighbour's garden, we have put a collar on him that reads "Please do not feed me". Once it was on him we noticed that his double chin covers some of the collar so that it just reads "feed me"! He seemed pretty chuffed with his new collar!

Despite his size and the effort it takes to carry him, we love our oversized cat. Our new baby seems to love him too, and Gatsby lets her grab at his fur. He literally is the big brother since he is much heavier than her!

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