Arizona shelter works to care for 36-pound cat named 'Meatball'

Plump kitty too large for standard kennel

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.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the average 4-year-old child weighs 40 pounds.

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

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 MCACC received a stray cat weighing 28 pounds. The largest cat on record is a 46-pound cat from Queensland.

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