Pet of the Week: Butterball the Cat

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KXDF) - Move over Garfield, there's a new fat cat in town. Meet 5–year–old Butterball.

She's a stray who had her fur shaved for health reasons, but that won't stop her from rolling her way into your heart.

Meet Butter Ball — News 13's Pet of the Week.

Butter Ball is a five-year-old spayed female who came into the shelter as a stray. She is a little on the... bigger side, and because of her size she wasn't able to properly groom herself and had a really large mat on her back. We had to shave off the mat for her comfort and health, which is why she has this fashionable new hair style. Her hair will eventually grow in and then she'll be beautiful once she's feeling better.

Butter Ball is definitely too overweight. She couldn't groom herself properly because she can't move the way she needs to, and it's really important that her new home put her on a diet. A lot of people like to free feed their cats, and some cats are really good about only eating the correct amount, but a lot of cats will just enjoy a little too much food when they're bored, so her owners need to make sure that she only has a certain amount of food, a measured amount every day, and try to get her to be a little more active so that she can slim down and that'll just be better for her overall health and happiness. Maybe help her brush to keep her really, you know, beautiful and feeling good.

Butter Ball is really sweet and kind of quiet; we don't know if she does good with other pets because we don't have any history on her, but she's been really sweet and easy to get along with in the shelter.

Butter Ball is a really sweet girl who's hoping to find a loving family, and she also has other cat and dog friends and some rabbits and guinea pigs and a cockatiel that are looking for loving homes also.