published Friday, September 21st, 2012

41-pound cat named Skinny up for adoption in Texas

This photo provided by Kim Chapin shows a 41-pound fat cat named Skinny at the Richardson, Texas, Animal Services shelter on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. A shelter spokeswoman says the 5-year-old orange tabby was dropped off at the facility last week, seems healthy except she is too heavy and likely has diabetes, and needs a home. (AP Photo/Kim Chapin)
This photo provided by Kim Chapin shows a 41-pound fat cat named Skinny at the Richardson, Texas, Animal Services shelter on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. A shelter spokeswoman says the 5-year-old orange tabby was dropped off at the facility last week, seems healthy except she is too heavy and likely has diabetes, and needs a home. (AP Photo/Kim Chapin)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — Don't be fooled by the name: Skinny the cat is one hefty feline. And all 41 pounds of her needs a home.

A Dallas-area animal shelter has cared for the 5-year-old orange tabby since getting a call about a stray in a yard about a week ago.

Kim Chapin with Richardson Animal Services said Friday that Skinny's "very sweet" — and the largest cat she's seen in 21 years with the shelter.

Not surprising. U.S. government growth charts show Skinny weighs about as much as the average 4-year-old child.

Chapin says Skinny appears healthy except for being overweight and likely having diabetes. Blood tests have been ordered.

Chapin says somebody apparently had been caring for the cat but officials aren't sure who owned the huge kitty.

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