HOUSTON –These days, Tiny Tim -- the once-35.4-pound feline who was rescued from the city animal shelter after he was abandoned in December -- is still a little rotund, to be sure. But he has lost 3.6 pounds and found a happy home at a local vet clinic.
Dr. Alice Frei, of the Southside Place Animal Hospital, says Tiny Tim is doing well and has completely won over the staff.
Tiny Tim was picked up by BARC in the 10400 block of Kirkwood before Christmas, so overweight and arthritic that he could barely walk.
A volunteer with Friends of BARC heard about him and brought him to Dr. Frei at Southside Place.
As it turns out, that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
While they initially hoped to find Tiny Tim’s original owners, now they're just letting him live at the clinic.
Dr. Frei said Tiny Tim used to not be able to use the litter box, but now he can.
He gets his exercise walking around the clinic during the day and spends the evenings in his bed in –ironically enough – the food pantry.
Dr. Frei said they plan to keep Tiny Tim on his current low-fat, high-fiber diet, and hope to have him down to about 10 pounds after a few years.
He has to lose weight slowly, so he avoids more serious health problems.
"If he loses weight too quickly, he could go into liver failure, so you have to be extremely careful about how he trims down," Frei said.
Keep up the good work, big guy!